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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Achmadinejad imagines his balls are bigger than they really are

Now this is worth fighting over....

From Yahoo News -- TEHRAN (Reuters) - A member of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee said on Monday that the military was set to practice its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world, but there was no official confirmation.

The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: "Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure."

Through the Straights of Hormuz flows 30% of the world's seaborne oil and Iran's threat to shut it down, even for a silly exercise will shock world economies. While I support little of our interventionist activities in the middle east, preventing Iran from even slowing down the flow of oil is worth doing, even if it brings us closer to a fighting conflict with the Persian thugs.

They're testing us because they know Obama is an empty suit who doesn't have the convictions necessary to protect American interests. If this were some internal Iranian conflict, I'd say let 'em have at it, but this affects the economies of the whole western world. We should have ships there to guarantee safe passage of tankers and any attempt to disrupt their voyage should be met with violence. Simple as that.

1 comment:

Isaac A. Nussbaum said...

Ed, you never cease to amaze me. It is not the Iranians who are thugs; it is the Americans and the Israelis.

Iran would not be holding this military exercise were it not for the relentless drumbeat of threats, explicit and implied, leveled against her.

Iran is making the point that if it is attacked, there will be blowback on the attackers. It is trying to discourage an attack by the biggest and most immoral bullies the world has ever known - America and Israel.

Whether the deterrent works or not remains to be seen but God knows reason and logic haven't slowed the threats down.