In other “Non-News” today, things continue to go BOOM in Iran

IAF Not Involved

As noted previously here on Wizbang, Iran is a far less homogeneous state than most in the West would believe.  So much so that what appear to be local resistance movements have been causing Republican Guards facilities to go “Boom” rather more than the Mad Mullahs approve of.

More’s the pity.

Iran and Syria are Getting Blown Up. And Sometimes Shot.

By Michael Ledeen | PJ Media

It’s all the rage.  Literally.  Two explosions at Iranian military/nuclear weapons sites.  Four explosions in Syria, including three suicide bombers in Damascus on Saturday, two of which were aimed at Syrian security forces buildings,  all in the past few days.  Today’s explosion was in Aleppo, and also “near a government security building.”

The Iranian blasts are seemingly more dramatic, and probably part of the ongoing campaign being waged against the installations of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, especially, but not solely, those connected to the nuclear weapons project.  One of the blasts took place at Zarin Dasht, once the site of a Russian mill, now an important component of the military/industrial complex of the country, where missile fuel and warheads for missiles are manufactured.  As is often the case, much of the complex is underground, which is where the explosion took place.  My sources tell me that seven people are missing and several are wounded and are being treated.  So far as I know there are no reports in the Iranian media.

The more dramatic event was the explosion at Natanz, generally credited as the major uranium enrichment center in the country.  The most important facilities are eight meters underground, and are among those potential military targets said to be very hard to destroy.  The explosion, according to my Iranian sources, took place in the next-to-bottom level of the underground structure, leading to a shutdown of the entire complex.


Bad luck, no doubt.  A series of random unfortunate events, for the Mad Mullahs and their flunkies.

The mahdi was unavailable for comment.

Hat Tip: Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds who “…was expecting an Earth Shattering Kaboom!”

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  • Accidents do happen.

    • I predict that the accident rate gets a lot higher before it goes down again. It’s such a shame when bad things happen to bad people. 

  • herddog505

    I would like to think that we’re behind all this.

    Unfortunately, I’m inclined to think that Barry can’t even find the two countries on a map without his teleprompter.  Further, the vain son of a b*tch can’t keep his mouth shut.  “Hurrah!  Look at me!  I’m actually doing my job!  WOO-HOO!”

  • 914

    These enriched explosions are for peaceful purposes… The Iranian’s have a right to experience explosions that are for peaceful purposes..

  • Commander_Chico

    The irony would be laughable if it weren’t sickening – right wingers cheering on Al Qaeda car bombs and suicide bombs in heavily-Christian Aleppo and Damascus.  So now the USA is in alliance with Al Qaeda to get rid of the infidel secular Alawite Shia Baathist regime, wonderful. 

    The short term object, to create chaos in Syria and secure our Israeli masters’ northern flank for the attack on Iran.  The long term effect, probably a Salafi fundamentalist regime which will be a further base for Al Qaeda operations and the slaughter and expulsion of Shia and Christians from Syria.

    The US and Israeli intelligence community have both said there is no sign the Iranians are moving to build a bomb.  Even if they do, the well-informed likes of General Dempsey and Meir Dagan say the Iranians are rational and can be dealt with without a war they say will be counterproductive.  Of course chickenhawks like Ledeen think its a good idea, and Obama has no sack to stand up against war.

    • What the hell are you talking about? Some unknown players are blowing up parts of the regime in Iran and Syria. That’s all to the good, the more of them that go, the better. If, in the very unlikely event that it’s actually internal strife instead of Western covert action, we can always blow up the new bad guys later. Best-case, they all kill each other off until both sides are too weak to continue.

         You seem to forget that ALL of these guys need to go sooner or later. If you don’t get that (and you either don’t, meaning you are a moron, or you you do and are trying to sound intelligent by name-dropping, meaning you are a malignant moron), then you need to STFU and listen attentively until you learn who the enemies are in this world. 

      • Commander_Chico

        The depths of your ignorance are too profound to plumb.

        What about “suicide bombs” do you not understand? Al qaeda is active in Syria, and suicide bombing is an AQ TTP. I bet you have to look up “TTP.”

        • Excellent! So, you find your position indefensible, too, then?

          • Commander_Chico

            Again, what  about “suicide bombs” do you not understand? Al qaeda is active in Syria, and suicide bombing is an AQ TTP. I bet you have to look up “TTP.”…

          • herddog505

            Are you suggesting that AQ is the ONLY organization that uses suicide bombs? 

            There are really several possibilities here (and may I also point out that getting accurate news from Syria is rather more difficult than getting accurate news from Sheboygan?):

            1.  Yeah, it’s AQ, trying to destablize a brutal dictatorship to establish their own brutal dictatorship;

            2.  It’s some other anti-Assad group who figure that suicide bombs are not such a bad weapon to use.  Let’s face it: suicide bombs are très chic in the Middle East; EVERYBODY’S wearing them this season;

            3.  It’s Assad’s own forces / aligned factions using “suicide bombs” to their own advantage (“Gosh, isn’t it just TERRIBLE how a key opposition leader was blown up by a suicide bomb?  Tsk!”);

            4.  It’s not suicide bombs at all, but conventional explosives that moronic Western journolists assume are “suicide bombs” because they heard a rumor to that effect;

            5.  It’s those damned Jooooooos.

            And funny thing about us reichwingers: we DO tend to cheer when bad things happen to bad people.  I personally chuckle with glee when I hear that a JDAM (or a well-placed 7.62mm round) has removed a terrorist from the face of the earth.  Suicide bombs are not exactly my weapon of choice, but if they help end Assad’s reign, I’m willing to smile on them.

          • Commander_Chico

            You want Assad removed because you’ve been told to want that by MSM propaganda.  Is he really that bad? For example, is he any worse than the King of Saudi Arabia, or the King of Bahrain in oppressing his own people? I know I’d rather be in Syria than Saudi with regard to personal freedoms. More importantly, is he going to be replaced by better men?   The Christians of Syria know better, which is why they back Assad.  They saw what happened when the secular regime in Iraq was replaced by religious parties and militias.

            Al Qaeda is active in Syria – Zawahiri himself has claimed credit for previous bombings in Aleppo.  Whatever organization you say they belong to, Salafi terrorists (I know they’re “guerrillas” when they’re On Our Side) are active in Syria.  Suicide bombing is a Sunni Salafi TTP, in line with cult martyrdom.  You can call them “freedom fighters,” I see their TTP and aims as identical with AQ. 

            Since I’m in the UK, I am free to watch Al Jazeera English on my TV.  Of course AJ is propagandizing against Assad, too, since they are funded by the Qatari monarchy.  But with the volume of coverage what comes through is the footage of these guys and their video clips – with their Salafi moustache-less beards and Allahuakbar! exclamations to bomb attacks on the Syrian army – is very reminiscent of AQ attacks on US forces in Iraq.

          • “You want Assad removed because you’ve been told to want that by MSM propaganda.  Is he really that bad?”
            There were a lot of folks in the US who maintained that Hitler (not that I’m trying to godwin the thread or anything) wasn’t that bad.  They maintained that premise up to Dec. 7th, and shortly thereafter went silent.  It took a clue-bat alongside the head to make them realize that the guy they thought wasn’t so bad was, indeed, pretty bad.
            We propped up some systems we really shouldn’t have, in the name of ‘stability’.  And now we’re supposed to do it again?

            I don’t see a good outcome no matter what direction things go – only some that are less bad.

          • jim_m

             Chica is merely taking the enlightened self-righteous, left wing stance that there is no point in opposing a tyrant if there is another tyrant anywhere else in the world that you are not trying to remove.

            Chica advocates doing nothing.  He will claim he wants the other tyrant removed but then he also opposes the war in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban, so in reality he will oppose the removal of any tyrant.  He simply wants to look more righteous than everyone else in doing so.

            Chica,  Perhaps you could remind us here how we had won the war in Afghanistan until the recent murder of civilians by a US soldier.  Perhaps you could blame the military for the failures of your savior 0bama once more like you did yesterday.

          • Commander_Chico

            It’s not the USA’s role to remove “tyrants” everywhere – see JQ Adams, below.

          • jim_m

            I never said that it was.  Meanwhile you have taken it to mean that we should never take out a tyrant anywhere.  There is a difference, although it may be too subtle for you.

          • Commander_Chico

            What can I say, except that Bashir Assad is not Hitler. 

            He’s not even as bad as his father Hafiz, and his father was a US ally in Desert Storm.

            How many times does the Hitler!! thing have to be drug out. 

            Anyways, I thought that Saddam was Hitler, and then Ahmedinejad.

          • The point being that we shouldn’t prop up any of them.

            All those ‘intelligent’ people in Washington don’t have any thought for what’s going to happen down the line – what they’re looking for is the immediate advantage they can get.

            Who cares if the population gets screwed down the line – what’s important is ‘stability’…

          • Commander_Chico

            Right, neither prop up nor overthrow.

          • jim_m

             Ok.  SO everyone else wants Assad removed because they are duped by the MSM.  WHile on te other hand YOU want him removed because you want more freedom for Syrians.

            You’re a tool,.

          • Commander_Chico

            No, “everyone else” do not want Assad removed. 

            Most Americans don’t give a damn who’s in charge in Syria, which is sensible, because it doesn’t make any difference to them.

            I’m just pointing out that this “freedom” crap is crap.  It’s all about securing a flank for Israel vs. Iran, Christians in Syria be damned.

          • jim_m

            It’s all about securing a flank for Israel vs. Iran

            So your real complaint is that we support Israel, and freedom be damned because it happens to be the only democracy in the region, but since it is run by the joos you don’t like it.

          • Commander_Chico

            No, my complaint is that we will even side with Al Qaeda if Israel demands it.

          • jim_m

            So your complaint is thaqt we would do something in response to a request that will never happen?

            Sorry it just smacks of anti-Semitism, pure and simple.

          • herddog505

            The Syrian regime, whether run by Daddy Assad or Baby Assad, has been on our sh*t list for years.  It’s not like somebody decided last week, “Hey, I’ve got an idea!  Let’s bomb the sh*t out of Tripoli… er… Damascus… because Ghadaffi is a very bad man, and we’ve got a Responsibility to Protect innocent civilians and Restore Order and The Rule of Law to Libya.  I mean, Syria.”

            Now, I think an important point should be made: other than a little under-the-table support of the group that, in the CIA’s fumbling, incompetent opinion offers the least chance of becoming another Taliban, we should do nothing.  It isn’t our fight.

            However, I also build on the remark made below by JLawson: we’ve propped up some lousy regimes in the past.  The left has always been VERY quick to point this out.  Now, however, the left (well, you, anyway) seem hell-bent on Stability At Any Price(TM).  What gives?

    • Who is cheering any bombings?

      • Commander_Chico

        I think you can read the original post, Warmonger Ledeen’s post and the comments to both and see the joy in these bombings.

        • Well, I am not cheering.  Although I am not a pacifist, the loss of human lives bothers me.

  • Syria is Iran’s client and catspaw.  The current plague on both houses is a tragedy bemoaned by Dictators and their friends everywhere.

  • Commander_Chico

    [America] has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.

    Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

    But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

    She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

    She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

    She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the
    benignant sympathy of her example.
    She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

    The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force….

    She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….

    John Quincy Adams, 1821.  Now that was a guy who saw things clearly.  A true conservative, not like the phony warmonger “conservatives” nowadays. Would that Obama had his sense.

    All that needs to be done is update it to say “Aceldama the Middle East,” which is appropriate, because Aceldama, the “field of blood,” is near Jerusalem.

    • lasveraneras

      Unless JQA was answering a question about U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century ME, you must be employing the classic fallacy of appeal to authority.  Or perhaps you should pass the JQA quote to the local resistance movements.  Maybe then they’ll leave your authoritarian friends in Iran and Syria alone to pursue their “good works” free from hassle.  #CHICOFAIL.

      • jim_m

        He also makes the mistake in applying a concern about an America which at that time was not a world power and was very weak militarily, to today’s America, which IS a world power and can project its military might globally with a high degree of success.

        But by all means let’s make the comparison.  After all Chica is a blame America first leftist who wants to see America as weak as it was at the end of the 18th century.  That is what you want is it not? An America that could not prevent an enemy from sailing up the Potomac and burning down the White House.  Because that is the America that Adams was acquainted with and speaking about.

      • Commander_Chico

        Adams’s principles remain valid.  It seems that getting involved in overthrowing the government of Syria, in which ordinary Americans have no interest (in every sense of the word interest), is a “war of interest (in the sense of special interest) and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.”

        Thus, the claim of “freedom” is made to support Salafi terrorists funded by that free country Saudi Arabia.  What a crock.

        As we get more involved in wars in the ME, the blowback grows, the surveillance state grows, the fear level grows – that is when “the fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force….  ”

        And there will be blowback from this one, starting with Syrian Christians being killed and driven out of Syria.

  • GarandFan

    Shit happens.

  • 914

    In other news Barry don’t want you to know: Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness | The White House

    Secure an election.. Enact the Martial Plan!!

    • Commander_Chico

      Why do you think this is a priority right now?   The war with Iran will cause the price of gas to jump.  The economy will tank.  There will be civil disturbances and “order” will have to be imposed.

  • 914

    One way or another Obama will use violence and vote fraud to stay in office.  The Martial plan is his ace in the hole..

    • jim_m

      He’s already got dem governors advocating for a suspension of elections.  I suspect we will hear more of this “suggestion” as the election draws near.

      • 914

        Damn right he will! He has no chance in a fair and fraud-less election cycle.