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Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
If Israel gets to inspect ships in international waters before getting to Gaza, Iran can inspect ships in international waters that it deems a threat to its existence.
What Israel does in its waters and ports is the biz of Israel, so is if any ships sails into waters of China, Russia, USA, UK, etc waters and ports.
It's a different matter when ships sailing through those international straits and NOT EVEN into Iranian ports is absolutely another different and far more dangerous issue if not a long honored international right of passage.
May Iran and its supporters be wise. Be part of the solution for world peace. And NOT be part of the problem.
Originally posted by GLaDOS
It's Iran's water and even if it was international, why did the US blockade Cuba? That was international waters too.
Originally posted by angus1745
They would fire on a US or British warship? No way.
Watch the Iranian navy do nothing and disobey the insane Iranian government. No Iranian Military would commit such an idiotic and suicidal act of aggression.
Iran is out of suicidal religious nut-jobs, they all blew themselves up apart from a few of the more rabid ones who are still running the country and froth idiotic threats like this one.
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
How would you feel if British or French warships patrolled up and down the east coast of the USA, restricted which ships could and could not enter New York ?
You wouldn't like it.
I doubt you'd like the Chinese Navy doing the same off San Francisco either.
So why do you think the Iranians would feel any different ? US warships are thousands of miles from their own coasts ... go back home, USA, go home. You're not wanted.
Do you understand the concept of International Waters? How about Territorial Waters? How about the concept of agreements where a weaker nation, like Kuwait or the UAE, will partner with a stronger nation, like the US, to protect their interests against an agressor nation like Iran?
Iran does not own the Straits of Hormuz. It is an International passage, mainly used to supply the world with a "necessary" product.
Iran is threatening an act of war, not only against the US, but against our trading partners in the region.
Yes, you hate America, we get that.
But, before you say the USA is not wanted, you may want to first check with the regional countries that request and appreciate a deterrent force before deciding that for them.
reply to post by kozmo
I always thought this was about the fear of a terrorist-sponsoring nation possessing weapons of mass destruction.
I see the situation is beginning to escalate. If and when Iran decides to close the Straits the SWHTF. My great fear is that the resulting military action will go from a Theater Confrontation to all out global nuclear war in a matter of hours. If this happens it's been nice discussing the Middle East with you all but now we'll be about to starve as the resulting nuclear war will start a minor nuclear winter. My best,
Originally posted by wdkirk
All arguments aside and irregardless of whether anyone likes/dislikes Iran or America, this confrontation is going to happen as long as it keeps escalating and it will not be good for the economies of the world....not just the two countries involved.
The US should be the bigger of the two and step down. In the event that Iran tries to control more of the Straights than is allowed by maritime law.....that is when it will be time to act not just from an American point of view....but from all who will feel the effects of such intervention in the Straights by Iran.
This situation will become a Catch 22 kind of situation. The US will be damned if they do and damned if they don't. It is the nature of our supporters and non-supporters.edit on 5-1-2012 by wdkirk because: (no reason given)
doesn't it seem like a logical step for Iran to protect itself?
I mean, I get it, they are brown and they aren't the US so screw them right? but honestly, in their position, what would you be doing?