It’s all well and good to prepare for natural disasters and an economic collapse, but war is a constant in our history. Don’t neglect to prepare for it.
Two things moved the world closed to war today as two well-known hot spots heated up.
First, an Iranian missile hit an Israeli-owned ship in the Arabian sea. This could exacerbate tensions between Iran and Israel and lead to a response from Israel, which is known for its punishing response to attacks. Whether Israel strikes back directly at Iran or one of the terrorist groups it sponsors remains to be seen. At the very least, I would expect Israeli air strikes on ammo dumps or missile launch sites.
The danger here is that the two countries could get embroiled in open warfare that might involve the entire region and impact oils supplies, suck in world powers like the U.S. or Russia, or even lead to the use of nuclear devices.
Second, Taiwan publicly discussed its program of designing and building land-based long-range missiles capable of striking mainland China. They said one system is currently in production (and one assumes being deployed) and three more are in development.
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Iran just announce that they estimate 25 million Iranians may have been infected with COVID-19. Now if only China would come clean about their actual rates.
At the same time the official count of coronavirus cases for the world surpassed 14 million, Iran blew that number away, saying that it is likely some 25 million Iranians have been infected. That’s about a third of its citizens. Experts have long suspected that official Iranian numbers (currently reported to be 273,788) represented a significant under count, but no one suspected they would be off by that large a factor. The official total of about 14,000 deaths is also expected to be far below actual deaths.
It is interesting to note that the U.S. Head of the Centers for Disease Control has previously said true infection rates might be 10 times higher than reported due to asymptomatic cases and that 5 to 8 percent of the population has been infected. In contrast, Iran is saying they think their try number is 100 times higher than their testing data shows.
I have to ask: Who thought Iran would come clean about the true COVID-19 rate of infection?
Now if only China would report the true extent of their cases. Maybe they also reported only 1 percent of their illnesses? That would certainly explain the intensity of their lockdowns and why their crematoriums were running 24-7 for so long.
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