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Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Sub Story Almost Too Stupid To Mention

I hesitate to even mention this, but some website called has a story up about how Al Qaeda submarines might attack Saudi oil terminals (discussion of a possible attack on those was in the news last week). Here's part of what the ThreatsWatch article says:
In an MSNBC interview with Dr. Walid Phares early Saturday, there was mention of intelligence that the threat to the Saudi offshore facility may have included the use of a submarine. Dr. Phares posited that such equipment may, if in fact accurate, be provided by Iran for such an attack.
At first glance, the use of a submarine in such an attack seems a remote possibility. Yet, in contemplating possible attack tactics and equipment and the MSNBC mention of submarines, it brings to mind the attempts in the late 1990’s of a Philippine terrorist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, to purchase a mini-submarine from North Korea. The equipment was never delivered, but that was not due to any North Korean reluctance to sell arms – including the mini-submarine - to terrorist organizations
The article goes on to talk more about the supposed MILF submarine deal. (Off topic -- do those Filipino terrorists know how amusing their acronym is when written in English, as the article does several times?) This important thing to realize is that if Al Qaeda does have a submarine, they'd need Iranian assistance in getting it into position, and as much as many of us wouldn't put anything past the Revolutionary Guard jihadis, I personally think that the Iranian leadership isn't suicidal enough to authorize anything that would have their fingerprints on it so clearly. I think we can safely discount the threat of Al Qaeda submarines to Saudi oil terminals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny searchs:
Submarine MILF
Going down on a MILF
Steinke MILF
MILF torpedo
MILF Emergency Blow
MILF diving
Pinging for MILF


10/30/2006 8:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, why buy from DPRK when Iran builds its minisubs right there. AQ's and Iran's leadership have a few things in common besides hatred of the infidel.

Both wish to demonstrate a technologically adept intellect. This is why simultaneous attacks are preferred (yes, it generates more press)and even their IED's employ clever, modern engineering.

We can well imagine the treatment our press would accord AQ, if they managed to use successfully a submarine in a suicide attack on a Saudi, offshore oil pipeline. Kind of reminds us of the Confederate Hunley episode.

10/30/2006 12:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! "MILF Submarines?!?!?!" The terrorists are actually going send something called "MILF Submarines" against us?

Well, actually, they might be on to something....

James Bond

10/30/2006 6:53 PM

Blogger Subvet said...

Your reasoning would hold true for anyone with a non-Muslim frame of mind, i.e. European or Asian. A mistake that Americans keep making is in thinking we have anything in common with the thought processes of adherents of such a religion. I wouldn't discount Iran's cooperation solely because they wouldn't want to be implicated. Bottom line, anything is possible from these nutcases.

10/31/2006 12:24 AM


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