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Originally posted by murch
reply to post by Doom and Gloom
Yes I know the US is not the only one. That's also a bit sad. All the nations that adopted this (including my own) have adopted a policy that means whenever they are travelling in foreign waters they are effectively going to shoot any approaching craft that does not understand the warning message's given.
The fishermen, hospitalised with gunshot wounds after the incident near Dubai's Jebel Ali port, said on Tuesday that they received no warning before the U.S. craft opened fire, and that their craft had attempted to avoid any contact with it. "We had no warning at all from the ship, we were speeding up to try and go around them and then suddenly we got fired at," 28-year-old Muthu Muniraj told Reuters from hospital, his legs punctured by the rounds of the U.S. craft's .50-caliber gun. "We know warning signs and sounds and there were none; it was very sudden. My friend was killed, he's gone. I don't understand what happened."
I think the warning shots are what got them unfortunately. Otherwise why would they be here at all. They would all be dead. A targeted volley of .50 cal would annihilate a small vessel.
Originally posted by murch
Maybe not an act of direct provocation but still a heinous act. As for all those that are commenting on it may have got too close etc, remember there is no state of war declared so that does not give the US navy carte blanch to shoot people who get close to their boats.
edit on 16-7-2012 by murch because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by followtheevidence
According to THIS article, "the boat appeared to be a civilian vessel".
How on EARTH was a civilian vessel "mistaken as a threat"edit on 16-7-2012 by followtheevidence because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by VeritasAequitas
reply to post by murch
Last I checked, the Persian Gulf belonged to the Persians, or Iranians....US should calm it's tits for a bit and mind it's own business.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by WorkingClassMan
There's no way they were 7km away if they were hit by 50 cal fire. As for the warning lights, and radio, there are no reports of any other vessels in the area that I have seen yet. So who else would they have been talking to? They generally flash the searchlight directly across your vessel when they flash it at you. They do everything possible to make sure that you know they are talking to you, and you are doing something stupid.
But I guess since it's the US Navy involved, then they must be in the wrong huh.
Originally posted by MansPlaceNow
Actually 4 countries claim water in the gulf. Get a map. And the center strip of it has been international waters for years. Really guys I do believe my country has gone off the deep end but your false propaganda makes you no better.
Originally posted by WorkingClassMan
Why is it Americans always go on the defensive instead of looking at facts and answering questions.edit on 17-7-2012 by WorkingClassMan because: (no reason given)