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Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal
Haaretz.com ^ | 13 Nov 2010 | Shlomo Papirblat

Posted on 11/13/2010 6:59:02 AM PST by mandaladon

The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River – the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting channel deepening work on the river when the incident occurred. Sources in Latin America have told Haaretz that the border incident and the military pressure on Costa Rica, a country without an army, are the first step in a plan formulated by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, with funding and assistance from Iran, to create a substitute for the strategically and economically important Panama Canal.

The plan has aroused concern in Washington, and the U.S. has started behind the scenes efforts to foil it.

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"Sources tell Haaretz that the recent Nicaragua-Costa Rica border incident was a trial balloon by the creators of a plan to build a new canal in Latin America." Obama better keep an eye on these clowns.
1 posted on 11/13/2010 6:59:08 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Sounds like they plan to turn Costa Rica into A CANAL.


2 posted on 11/13/2010 7:02:19 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: mandaladon

Plowshare lives!


3 posted on 11/13/2010 7:06:31 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: mandaladon

Having a backup canal sounds like a GOOD thing.


4 posted on 11/13/2010 7:08:33 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: mandaladon

IIRC, the original plan was to build a sea level canal across Nicaragua. It was 86ed when Nicaragua issued postage stamps commemorating a huge volcanic eruption near the proposed rout.

Opponents of this route sent letters to every congress critter and made a point of calling attention to the stamp.

(They neglected to mention that the eruption happened thousands of years ago)...


5 posted on 11/13/2010 7:12:22 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 662 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: mandaladon
"...with funding and assistance from Iran..."

Know and keep in mind that Iran has the same GDP as the state of Alabama.

6 posted on 11/13/2010 7:13:21 AM PST by blam
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To: PapaBear3625
Having a backup canal sounds like a GOOD thing.

One would think that the Chinese would be all over it.

It would certainly expedite shipping to Atlantic markets.

BUT the narrow Panama Canal (which they own) cannot handle US warships (aircraft carriers) so there is a strategic value to keeping the US Atlantic fleet from rapidly responding to any Chinese action.

7 posted on 11/13/2010 7:16:53 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 662 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: mandaladon
Obama better keep an eye on these clowns.

Come on. The idea that these three countries combined could build a second canal is laughable.

8 posted on 11/13/2010 7:18:02 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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“Come on. The idea that these three countries combined could build a second canal is laughable.”

Interesting excuse to have a couple thousand Iranian RevGuards within striking distance of the real canal.


9 posted on 11/13/2010 7:21:54 AM PST by PLMerite (Fix the FR clock. It's time.)
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To: PLMerite

Wasn’t Jimmy Carter who gave away the canal? Plus the Monroe doctrine. Now we have Venezuela playing footsie with the new Hitler and arming up.


10 posted on 11/13/2010 7:26:32 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: mandaladon

is there a map of the route it will take? I think its a good idea, if they want to build it


11 posted on 11/13/2010 7:28:24 AM PST by 4rcane
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Come on. The idea that these three countries combined could build a second canal is laughable.

My first thoughts as well. With their combined technology and engineering prowess, at best they'll end up with a half-finished ditch, and have to abandon it early in the project when they bankrupt what's left of their socialist/totalitarian economies to fund it.

12 posted on 11/13/2010 7:30:49 AM PST by MCH
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To: blam
Know and keep in mind that Iran has the same GDP as the state of Alabama.

And, does not have the technical expertise to refine their own oil into gasoline in sufficient quantities to support their own domestic demand. They import a large portion of the gasoline they use, despite sitting on top of one of the world's richest oil fields. Iran being the headliner on a project to build a new canal across Nicaragua? I'd say the chances of success are zero....then throw Chavez into the mix? Pass the popcorn.....

13 posted on 11/13/2010 7:32:10 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: null and void
BUT the narrow Panama Canal (which they own) cannot handle US warships (aircraft carriers) so there is a strategic value to keeping the US Atlantic fleet from rapidly responding to any Chinese action.

The Panama Canal is being expanded, with wider locks. Estimated completion: 2014.

http://www.pancanal.com/eng/expansion/index.html

14 posted on 11/13/2010 7:33:11 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: mandaladon

But, but...has the UN signed off on allowing the horrific, apocalyptical environment damage this new canal would surely do to the delicately balanced ecosystems and micro-ecosystems of this unique, vulnerable area of Mother Earth....?


15 posted on 11/13/2010 7:37:05 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: mandaladon

Obama keep an eye on these clowns? He and his “team” don’t even know where Costa Rica is located on a map. It took them several weeks to fine Honduras when its government was in turmoil.


16 posted on 11/13/2010 7:39:15 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: null and void
The eruption of the volcano may have happened 10,000 years ago but Nicaragua has had many devastation earthquakes. I hope they build it and then the big one hits.
17 posted on 11/13/2010 7:41:31 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: La Lydia

Commies get EIR waivers every time.


18 posted on 11/13/2010 7:58:59 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Cheburashka

That was painful.

After enough digging I was able to extract the little factoid that even expanded the Panama Canal can’t quite accommodate a Nimitz class Aircraft Carrier., unless you want to scrape bottom the whole length...


19 posted on 11/13/2010 8:03:12 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 662 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: mandaladon

LOL. Chavez & the mad mullahs to add something economically productive to the world?

I give this 1 million to one against. These people only know how to kill, steal & destroy.


20 posted on 11/13/2010 8:07:23 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass
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