Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Before the Flood" or "Mosul Dam: Bigger Problem Then ISIS" the New Yorker

  Very last sentence from the New Yorker, first:
This article appears in other versions of the January 2, 2017, issue, with the headline “Before the Flood.”
hattip karin and my responses:
A bigger problem than ISIS ?
Mosul Dam is failing (New Yorker mag online)


  1. thank you karin

    as you know I've written extensively about that..
    and i've never, never given up on the possibility that the US would resort to ensuring this dam fails to clean up Mosul--- of it's people problem

  1. karin- did you happen to read what the alternate title of this article was?
    It's all the way at the end
    This article appears in other versions of the January 2, 2017, issue, with the headline “Before the Flood.”

    Think that title gave too much away?

A Bigger Problem Than ISIS?

"The Mosul Dam is failing. A breach would cause a colossal wave that could kill as many as a million and a half people"

Eye catching headline. That's for sure.

 What a story to kick off the New Year at the New Yorker!  A problem bigger then ISIS, with an alternative title of "Before the Flood"  Woweeee.....Before the Flood. A title that gives so much away. Not an if, but, a when. Prophetic or something else? Of course long time readers here are aware I've written about the something else. Weaponizing the dam. Intentionally. 
 The New Yorker author writes about a weaponized dam as a 'nuclear bomb with an unpredictable fuse' as if it's an unintended catastrophe- biblical- the work of God, a "catastrophe of Biblical proportions" 

It will be catastrophic but it won't be unintentional. 
It will be a made to order example of disaster capitalism and extreme ethnic cleansing, people displacement.

A bit more then two paragraphs from the New Yorker directly below:
But, in the months that followed, American officials inspected the dam and became concerned that it was on the brink of collapse. The problem wasn’t structural: the dam had been built to survive an aerial bombardment. (In fact, during the Gulf War, American jets bombed its generator, but the dam remained intact.) The problem, according to Azzam Alwash, an Iraqi-American civil engineer who has served as an adviser on the dam, is that “it’s just in the wrong place.”
The discussion about this 'wrong place" claim has been had here previously
"In February, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a warning of the consequences of a breach in the dam. For a statement written by diplomats, it is extraordinarily blunt. “Mosul Dam faces a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning,” it said. Soon afterward, the United Nations released its own warning, predicting that “hundreds of thousands of people could be killed” if the dam failed. Iraq’s leaders, apparently fearful of public reaction, have refused to acknowledge the extent of the danger. But Alwash told me that nearly everyone outside the Iraqi government who has examined the dam believes that time is running out: in the spring, snowmelt flows into the Tigris, putting immense pressure on the retaining wall.

If the dam ruptured, it would likely cause a catastrophe of Biblical proportions, loosing a wave as high as a hundred feet that would roll down the Tigris, swallowing everything in its path for more than a hundred miles. Large parts of Mosul would be submerged in less than three hours. Along the riverbanks, towns and cities containing the heart of Iraq’s population would be flooded; in four days, a wave as high as sixteen feet would crash into Baghdad, a city of six million people. “If there is a breach in the dam, there will be no warning,” Alwash said. “It’s a nuclear bomb with an unpredictable fuse.”
Mosul Dam

Let's go back to when I first brought up the idea of the US and company using the dam as a weapon. Notice the evocative language used in the New Yorker article "nuclear bomb"
I'll relink that original article and all subsequent articles following up on the idea of weaponizing the collapse of the dam to achieve certain goals and agendas.

 March 02/2016 :Mosul Dam Set to Fail- Intentional Take Down? Disaster Capitalism to the Extreme?
 More then a million could die? How large a displacement of the populace are we really talkin?
Ethnic cleansing to the extreme? I wouldn't discount it, that's for sure.
Since when do war makers and imperialists concern themselves with the puny little lives of the masses? They can use them and abuse them. That's just reality. When psychopaths rule the world.
And we allow it to go on.
The earliest article I had cited in my earliest post regarding the dam is from February 04/2016

 From February 4/2016- Notice how all warning are coming from the Americans, while the Iraqis think it's much ado about nothing- Interesting. After reading this one could also say thanks to the US and it's multiple invasions, it's sanctions regime, it's incessant war making and bombing they virtually guaranteed the destruction of this vital dam anyway

The New Yorker "Before the Flood" - In February, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a warning of the consequences of a breach in the dam. For a statement written by diplomats, it is extraordinarily blunt. “Mosul Dam faces a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning,” it said. 
 March 10/2016: Samantha Power “Chilling Briefing” Regarding Mosul Dam. Mosul Dam, Again!
 If this dam goes. It’s on America. It’s on NATO. All the resulting destruction, death and displacement is on their watch. And they are responsible for it. As I’ve postulated already the death, destruction and displacement may be exactly what they want

 March 30th/2016: Thank- You E. William Engdahl! And Yes, it's the Mosul Dam, Again

April 21/2016: Gearing up for the Annexation of Mosul. Destroying Iraq & Maybe Mosul Dam too!

 April 27/2016 Annexing Mosul, Destroying Iraq & Collapsing Mosul Dam (Making way for Badush): Part 2

April 29/2016:  US Controls Info and Data Regarding Mosul Dam. Why?

 May 12/2016: Italian Defense Minister in Iraq for Mosul Dam Talks

May 13/2016  Mosul Dam Evacuation Plan? Warning Leaflets dropped over Mosul? Questionable.

May 20/2016:Mosul: it's Precarious Dam & an Earthquake? CENTCOM/ DOD. Baghdad Protests, Again
It almost appears as if the Mosul dam is being prepared for demolition as the dam's concrete footwall has been reduced to rubble and the concrete erosion caps cut into pieces in recent months.
 This image is from Time.com

 Weakening the foundation/base so when the melt occurs........??- Cause that appears to be demolition occurring at the base of the dam
Would it "strengthen" the dam to remove the concrete at it's base?
I don't see how it would?

 Watch the video at VOA as the concrete is demolished- This is the low water level side of the dam.Behind that wall is the water being held back
May 24/2026:  Saving Mosul Dam from Afar? Sweden of all places?

The New Yorker does a big  new year expose to replant the idea of Mosul dam as 'the most dangerous dam in the world' Likening it to a nuclear bomb.

After the flood.............

Killing more then a million, permanently displacing/cleansing countless others. 
Sending the ethnically cleansed flooding in Europe. Resolve the battle for Mosul once and for all- And, I'm not talking about the battles present time. I'm talking the battle for pieces of Mosul vs taking the whole resource rich Mosul pie. Both fights are going on concurrently.
A weaponized dam? You betcha!  The New Yorker article covers a lot of ground, but, I can assure you much more was covered here by yours truly! If you didn't read last year- feel free to take in all the old posts and their external links. 
If that dam fails it won't be an accident. But it will look like one.


  1. And here we are again- full circle- to a big New Yorker expose on all that is wrong with this dam..

    It's winter now, so not too much to worry about- but the spring thaw... that's another story

  2. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/an-independent-kurdish-state-seems-unlikely-because.aspx?pageID=517&nID=107831&NewsCatID=409





  3. Talal Sillo of the Syria Democratic Forces said Tuesday that gunmen backed by U.S., French and British special forces have taken dozens of villages and farms in recent days and are now about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Euphrates Dam.

    yrian army escalated aerial bombing of a rebel-held valley northwest of Damascus in an offensive begun last week to recapture the strategic area where a major spring provides most of the capital's water supplies, rebels and residents said Tuesday.


    thinking ahead



  4. Is this relevent ?
    Turkish infringements threaten Roman bridge and farmlands in Hasaka countryside

    "sources told SANA’s correspondent that Turkish heavy equipment and engineering vehicles entered Syrian territory in November and started a few days ago to carry out acts of vandalism and bulldozing in the riverbed of the Tigris in an attempt to alter its natural course, which poses a threat to the entire village of Ein Diwar.

    no spare time to look it up on Map right now.