Things More Worrisome than AGW: The Terrible Triangle: Russia, Iran and Venezuela

Source:  http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/10/the-terrible-triangle-russia-iran-and-venezuela/

By Jane Jamison

Russia, Iran and Venezuela are intensifying their mutual military collaboration in a very rapid and aggressive way, right under the nose of the Obama administration, and no one seems to notice or care.  Instead, Barack Obama is flying around the country trying to help Democrats who are clinging to their office curtains.

It is to our great detriment that no one is heeding the terrible triangle of Hugo, Dmitry, and Mahmoud.

Late last week, Russia announced a deal to build Venezuela?s first nuclear power plant. Of course, it is ostensibly to be for ?peaceful? purposes.  One of the world?s leading oil producers suddenly concerned about an alternate source of energy?

What is most troubling of all, is that Venezuela not only has abundant uranium reserves, which can be used to make nuclear weapons, it has been secretly mining uranium and providing it to Iran in violation of international sanctions.

As reported by Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal in  September, 2009, a November 14, 2008 memorandum signed in Farsi and Spanish versions between Venezuela and Iran science ministers detailed an agreement to cooperate in the field of ?nuclear technology.?

Stephens says a remote ?gold mine? being worked diligently in Venezuela actually is a uranium mine.  Iran?s plans for ten nuclear plants will require much of the processed ore. Until recently, there were ?unscheduled? ?private? flights with unknown cargos and persons between Syria, Caracas and Tehran.

There are years of deceptive dealings, comings and goings dating back to 2005:

In 2005, Chávez directed his government to ?follow seriously the project of manufacturing Iranian bicycles in Venezuela.? An Iranian dairy products plant (no doubt ecologically sensitive) also set up shop hard on the Colombian border, in territory controlled by Colombia?s terrorist FARC.

Then there was the tractor factory Iran built in Ciudad Bolivar. In January, the Associated Press reported that Turkish authorities had seized 22 containers going to Venezuela from Iran labeled ?tractor parts.? What they contained, according to one Turkish official, ?was enough to set up an explosives lab.?

Robert Morgenthau also wrote extensively in 2009 of the troubling ?axis of unity? of Iran and Venezuela, from the covert nascent nuclear program, to the funding of terrorism and narco-trafficking, to banking.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has overseen missile transfers to Venezuela.

A report done for the House Foreign Affairs committee in 2009 detailed how Iranian operatives oversee  a ?cement? plant in Venezuela which covers for cocaine refinement. The bags of ?cement? being shipped on tuna boats out of the country.

Israel has kept a close eye on arrangements and published a report in early 2009 that Bolivia and Venezuela were supplying Iran with uranium.  A Carnegie report exposed the connections the same year.

Yet another area of cooperation appeared suddenly last week.  Russia announced it will be selling its highly-effective S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems to Venezuela.

The five S-300 systems were actually ordered by Iran and set for delivery a few months ago.  Due to the economic sanctions now in place, Russia cannot deliver them.  What to do?

?Sell? them to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, who can most likely pay cash with his oil-bucks.

Naturally, it is assumed that some of the systems will make their way back to Iran.

More dangerous collaborations are underway: Hugo Chavez has just arrived in Tehran to sign more gas and oil deals.

The danger in America?s ?backyard? in South America is alarming, barely disguised, and needs to be confronted.  How long since President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton have even mentioned Venezuela publicly?

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has shown his duplicitous second face once again. How many more chances for ?trust? does he get from the United States?  Or, is American foreign policy so confoundedly muddled under the current players that there is no hope except for rapid ?regime change? to make a course correction?