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originally posted by: Britguy
Well, it it was in their territorial waters, then they every right to board it and have it steer to one of their ports for a full inspection. It's what any other country would do too and well within the law, so hardly an act of aggression on Iran's part, despite what the press would like to imply.
originally posted by: Soloprotocol
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
originally posted by: intrptr
Al Arabiya adds that Iran fired on the US cargo ship before escorting it, a move which will surely lead to a rapid and violent escalation in the gulf:
The Saudis and Americans are responsible for the "rapid and violent escalation in the Gulf", not Iran.
It is unclear why Iran would do this…
Depends on the "cargo". If US sailors are on board its likely war materiel.
I would think if US soldiers were on board, the Iranians firing at them would have given them cause to fire back.
And start WWIII because someone put one across the bow. Cool heads required in the middle east right now.
originally posted by: haman10
The ship was carrying the flag of marshall islands . they violated our waters by mistake and got apprehended . there is nothing special about this .
They are free as we speak .
Our Navy has very strict rules , even when UK Navy boat mistakenly violated our waters , they were arrested and later freed .
its common practice .
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: chuck258
It is almost ALL Iranian waters in that region.
Try getting 200 nautical miles off the US coast and watch what happens.
This is the MIDDLE EASTS back yard - not the US's.
This is not the "high Seas" - yes, an actual definition
originally posted by: Daedal
It doesn't make any sense. Why would Iran escalate tensions during negotiations by taking US personnel captive and firing upon their cargo ship, which undoubtedly, if true, escalate tensions and feed the rhetoric the hawks need for a possible kinetic response, as they like to call it.
I think there's more to this story than unprovoked military action. Something stinks....News breaking out of Saudi Arabia during this time, with their actions in Yemen and known history with Iran is speculative and borderline propaganda imo...
originally posted by: bullcat
Yet you do NOTHING to stop it.
That is what we call PASSIVE support.