Typically I ignore anything from Russian media. Its hard to imagine a circumstance where they would feel the truth was more useful to them then a carefully crafted half truth. But here it is anyway. It certainly is what makes the blogosphere exciting.
Here is another couple of links to the same story. This one from Shirat Devorah
From Pat Dollard. Anyone familiar with this site please do comment
Hijacked Iranian Ship Was A Dirty Bomb Meant For Israel On Yom Kippur
The ship has since been released and story found here.
Hijacked Iranian Ship was a Dirty Bomb Meant for Israel on Yom Kippur
On August 21st, 2008, the MV Iran Deyant, 44,458 dead weight bulk carrier was heading towards the Suez Canal. As it was passing the Horn of Africa, about 80 miles southeast of al-Makalla in Yemen, the ship was surrounded by speedboats filled with members of a gang of Somalian pirates who grab suitable commercial ships and hold them and their cargos and crews for ransom. The captain was defenseless against the 40 pirates armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades blocking his passage. He had little choice other than to turn his ship over to them. What the pirates were not banking on, however, was that this was no ordinary ship.
The MV Iran Deyanat is owned and operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) – a state-owned company run by the Iranian military that was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on September 10, shortly after the ship’s hijacking.
According to the U.S. Government, the company regularly falsifies shipping documents in order to hide the identity of end users, uses generic terms to describe shipments to avoid the attention of shipping authorities, and employs the use of cover entities to circumvent United Nations sanctions to facilitate weapons proliferation for the Iranian Ministry of Defense. The MV Iran Deyanat departed Nanjing, China, July 28, and, according to its manifest, planned to sail to Rotterdam, where it would offload 42,500 tons of iron ore and “industrial products” purchased by an unidentified “ German client”. The ship has a crew of 29 men, including a Pakistani captain, an Iranian engineer, 13 other Iranians, 3 Indians, 2 Filipinos, and 10 Eastern Europeans, stated to be Albanians.
The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates – 50 onboard and 50 onshore. The Somali pirates attempted to inspect the ship’s seven cargo containers but the containers were locked. The crew claimed that they did not have the “access codes” and could not open them. Pirates have stated they were unable to open the hold without causing extensive damage to the ship, and threatened to blow it up. The Iranian ship’s captain and the engineer were contacted by cell phone and demanded to disclose the actual nature of the mysterious “powdered cargo” but the captain and his officers were very evasive. Initially they said that the cargo contained “crude oil” but then claimed it contained “minerals.” Following this initial rebuff, the pirates broke open one of the containers and discovered it to be filled with packets of what they said was “a powdery fine sandy soil” ….
Within a period of three days, those pirates who had boarded the ship and opened the cargo container with its gritty sand-like contents, all developed strange health complications, to include serious skin burns and loss of hair. And within two weeks, sixteen of the pirates subsequently died, either on the ship or on shore.
News about the illness and the toxic cargo quickly reached Garowe, seat of the government for the autonomous region of Puntland. Angered over the wave of piracy and suspicious about the Iranian ship, authorities dispatched a delegation led by Minister of Minerals and Oil Hassan Allore Osman to investigate the situation on September 4. and they witnessed some of the deaths due to exposure to ‘something on that ship.’
The Somali pirates initially set the ship’s ransom at $2 million and the Iranian government provided $200,000 to a local broker “to facilitate the exchange.” The $2 million dollar ransom agreement, which was supposedly secured on September 6th, never took place for reasons unknown. After September 10th, sanctions on IRISL were applied specifically because the company was said to engaged in illicit operations on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Serious negotiations were broken off completely. Iranian authorities subsequently denied that it agreed to the price nor had paid any money to the pirates. Nevertheless, after sanctions were applied to IRISL on September 10, Osman says, the Iranians told the pirates that the deal was off. “They told the pirates that they could not come because of the presence of the U.S. Navy.” The region is patrolled by the multinational Combined Taskforce 150, which includes ships from the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Subsequently, it was disclosed that the U.S. government had offered to pay $7 million to the pirates to “receive entry permission and search the vessel.” Officials in the Pentagon and the Department of State have consistently refused to comment on the situation.
The exact nature of the cargo remains officially a mystery but officials in Puntland and Baidoa are convinced the ship was carrying weapons to Eritrea for Islamist insurgents. “We cannot inspect the cargo yet,” Osman said, “but we are sure that it is weapons.”
The US Navy (and the French and the Russians) have been hove to off the coast of Eyl, going anywhere once released, it will be seized once it gets to sea. The specific clauses that have been approved in both the UN and in Congress would allow the US Navy to seize the ship under the suspicion clause. The claims that there are weapons onboard, and the possibility there might be chemical weapons, has insured there is at the very minimum, an inspection of the ship by outside authority will be mandated. At this writing, the MV Iran Deyanat is at anchor, watched closely by American, French and Russian naval units.
Although American intelligence and government sources are maintaining a strictly observed silence, the same does not apply to the Russians and so it is that we learn the real story of the MV Iran Deyanat. She was an enormous floating dirty bomb, intended to detonate after exiting the Suez Canal at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and in proximity to the coastal cities of Israel. The entire cargo of radioactive sand, obtained by Iran from China (the latter buys desperately needed oil from the former) and sealed in containers which, when the charges on the ship are set off after the crew took to the boats, will be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive cloud ashore.
Given the large number of deaths from the questing Somali pirates, it should be obvious that when the contents of the ship’s locked cargo containers finally descended onto the land, the death toll would be enormous. This ship was nothing more nor less than the long-anticipated Iranian attack on Israel. Not the expected rocket attacks (which could be intercepted by the Israelis) but an even more deadly and unexpected attack by sea.. It is very interesting to note that the Israeli government has in the past few weeks, been loudly demanding that the United States establish a naval blockade of Iran.
The reason for this blockade would be to prevent any more Iranian ships with deadly cargos from attacking either Israel or other targets from the sea.
this story seems to match some facts in evidence but Russian media tends to be not just a poor source of information but one useful in its predictable propaganda aspects. That is to say, When you read something from a Russian news source, its value is in attempting to determine the value to the Russians for the specific lie. I doubt it would surprise any readers here if Iran did do this. But one would imagine US satellites are capable of detecting large amounts of radiologicals. This begs many questions. Could the Somali pirates (if this story is true) have acted for western interests as a proxy navy to avoid direct US Iranian conflict? Stranger things happen every year.
I would want a lot more data and confirmation of course before feeling certain of this story, not because it requires more than a simple claim but because I like most of us so desperately want this not to be true. Because its outside of our frames of reference does not make it inconsistent with a hundred speeches by Iran’s president.
Very interesting development here. But a very troubling question for the Islamic groups out there presents itself.
So, Iran has attempted to make good on its threat to “wipe Israel off the map.” (never mind the Palestinians it would have killed also.)
And Muslim pirates inadvertently intercepted the ship, thus saving Israel.
One has to wonder how the great “allah” didn’t catch this one? Allah let a few stupid Somali pirates thwart this grand plan to destroy Israel? Sounds like Allah was asleep at the wheel on this one.
Of course, I also wonder, from an Islamic point of view, who was good and who was evil? Were the Somali pirates controlled by Satan, thwarting the plan to destroy Israel, or were they protected by God saving Israel? Either way, It DOES NOT SQUARE WITH ISLAMIC THEOLOGY.
If Allah wants Israel destroyed, and the jews killed, why didn’t he allow this nefarious plan to happen?
Perhaps some erudite Islamic scholar can come on and explain this to us dumb infidels. . . But I doubt it!
I find it very coincidental that somali pirates would just happen upon a dirty bomb meant for Israel. If it’s true, how likely is it that this is the only one, and that others didn’t make it through? I find it hard to believe that the somali’s just happened upon the ship. If there really is a dirty bomb, I am keeping open the possibility of certain western nations putting them onto it. Not that I necessarily disagree, although they could have done better than somali jihadi pirates.
Plausable deniability, I guess
US and Russia frequently use these sorts of proxies. Notice that Chechens attacked a Russian military convoy with RPG’s just the other day? I’m not saying the US did fund this but it would be typical if they did. Its how things where done for the whole cold war.
http://www.stratfor.com has not written anything on this at all yet. I expect at least a crushing of the rumor from them soon at least if not some kind of analysis of the situation.
Anyone have Fred Burton’s email?
What amazes me about this issue is that the “Mainstream media” have been strangely silent about it.
And, this is a BIG deal . . It could have killed tens of thousands and casued lots of problems. . .
Certainly it would have caused more problems for its terror aspect than its actual damage potential. This would have been a weapon of terror.
Iran clearly wants an excuse for a preemptive preemptive strike on Israel. They would like nothing more than to incite an increased level of military preparation in order to make the claim they are justified in an attack.
As each day goes by I think to myself that the most important movie for westerners to watch is the old James Bond classic, ‘Octopussy’ where evil hegemonic forces in Moscow use the western left peace movement to pave the way for Soviet victory. The lesson was lost on who it was written for, but it was clearly learned by the enemies of reason and individualism.
Incredibly unlikely that a terrorist organization would blow up a ‘dirty bomb’ off the coast of Israel which would “be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive cloud ashore.”
The massive devastation it would cause to Palestine – the principle motivation for most jihads taking place in the world today – and other
neighbouring nations with Muslim populations.
Also I am sure the Container Security Initiative personnel in either China or any of the destinations on route would have inspected the cargo following UN/US mandates.
Likelyhood of this article being true 5%
Well, If Iran didn’t frequently state that they intended to uttery destroy the ‘zionist regime’ and that should Muslims be killed in the process thats OK Allah will know his own I would agree with you. I still am not saying this story is as stated. I did make a disclaimer that I was dubious. However it seemed more prudent to post it than not as should an event like this actually occur we would have this to look back on. Your reasoning is overall sound providing the motives you assigned various agencies are accurate. I am convinced their motives are other than the ones typically thought of as M.A.D. and cold war logic.
What a load of cods wallop, again the ludicrous brigade jump on anything that is slightly against anyone who opposes Israel ,no matter what ridiculous scenario or made story as long as it is against what Israel or America wants to portray ,ie anyone that want’s to highlight the crimes of Israel or America is fair game ,ha ha ‘this story is a case in point .