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Iran vs. US Warships

Everyone has heard about the Iranian speedboats moving around the US warships in the Straight of Hormuz.  There’s a couple of things to take out of this.  The US first released video of the event along with the threats from the unidentified boats.  The Iranians, at first, said that this is normal.  After a day or two, they said the event was fabricated.

There have been a good number of “tinfoil-hatters” discussing the war-drums into Iraq and others hailing back to the Gulf of Tonkin incident which got us into Viet Nam.  I don’t believe these theories.

However, the sad part is, I really, truly had to think about it.  Had this happened 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.  Why would my government lie to me?  After the Iraq disaster, you have to think twice.

 But the real issue in this is neither the conspiracy theory or the provocation.  If we reverse this issue, what are we left with.

On October 14th, 1962, the Soviet Union parked some nuclear missles a few miles off the coast of Florida in Cuba.  We still have embargos against Cuba for that one.  We have our warships parked less than 15 miles off the coast of Iran.  It’s probably a safe guess that we have nuclear capable submarines ready to fire as well.  If Iran, which we have threatened and bullied for years, parked a bunch of warships off our coasts, we wouldn’t be sending out speedboats — we’d be shelling and/or invading them.

 This all comes back to the same point.  If we were not over there, surrounding their country with our military power, relations with Iran would probably not be this tense.  There are conspiracy theorists out there that say we are intentionally surrounding Iran with military power (look at Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan on a map).  I don’t believe this for a second.  But imagine if Iran invaded Canada and Mexico.  We’d probably be a bit worried as well.

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January 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment