IRAN, TAKE HEED.
This hub (blog) has said it over and over again..
The stupid nature of Iran's warning to the United States aircraft carriers, to cease plying in the Persian Gulf, was demonstrated in an incident in which U.S. sailors from the USS Kidd, rescued an Iranian fishing vessel from pirates in the Arabian Sea.
The U.S. fleet, of which the Kidd was part, was in the area for surveillance purposes; and the sailors had the pirates to surrender and to release more than 10 Iranian crew members of the fishing boat; and that made a serious situation derisive.
Only a few days before, the Iran Army was saying that, "there is no need for the forces belonging to the countries beyond this region to have a presence in the Persian Gulf," according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. They were in essence warning the U.S. from using the seas in that part of the world. WHAT?
That was the first abuse of International Maritime Law, which was tantamount to declaring war by Iran. The second being the closing of the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow stretch of sea through which oil tankers and commercial ships use on a daily basis.
To shut it would be feeding to the Ayatollahs in Tehran; but it would also stop the oil flow to many countries, including the U.S. Oil prices would then soar, and with that would come global economic disruptions, and that would in turn be making many financial markets around the world becoming disoriented and disillusioned. (A silly chain reaction of some sorts, hah!)
The Americans were there for a very good reason; and as a U.S. statement said,
"The Pentagon today answered an Iranian warning to keep U.S. aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf by declaring that American warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway," The statement has added that, "a constant state of high vigilance," was needed there "to ensure the flow of sea commerce." (Richmond Times-Dispatch 01/07/12).
Piracy has been rampant in that part of the world. It was problematic, and it was making ships and people to be sitting on edge to make sure that they did not become victim to Somalian pirates, whose country was lawless; and so, they could take to the high seas and rob others for a living. (Poor Somalians; what a living).
That was what the Iranian Army and Navy should be concerned about, to make things safe for all those using the waters there for free passage and undisturbed interference by anyone, with the Somalians to boot.
Come to think of it, the Iranians were more interested in confronting a super power, such as the U.S. and making threats that they could not follow up on. Or, if they did, the consequences would be disastrous for them; and also that the Ayatollahs in their country would be "droned" overnight.
Iran's reckless behavior was not conducive to world peace, and for that matter, the U.N. should issue a stern warning, through the Security Council, to its leaders that provoking the U.S. was a very dangerous undertaking.
That it (Iran) was putting its own citizens at a big risk; and that the saber rattling to show any type of military strength must stop forthwith.
The world deserved more peace than it had now.
Iran, take heed.