Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

January 12, 2008

The Other Strait of Hormuz Incident

Filed under: history, politics — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 1:59 pm

Glenn Greenwald examined the recent Strait of Hormuz incident, in which three small boats were maneuvering aggressively along with “spooky” audio over an equivalent of a bad CB band. The U.S. military released video of the incident and is embedded below.

While I understand the fact that no one wants to be the example that serves as the warning to others, those boats would have been obliterated in a matter of seconds. The main fear from the U.S. military point of view is that they were some form of suicide-bomb boats.

The most similar incident is listed in the update. The USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988, supposedly mistaking it for an F-14 fighter. This is against the backdrop of the Iran-Iraq war which ended in a stalemate. The war ended August 20th, 1988. Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down July 3rd of the same year.

The U.S. was backing Iraq at the time and providing material aid. Although, the U.S. had also sold arms to Iran in order to covertly back the Contras in Nicaragua.

For this “accident,” the crew and officers were awarded ribbons and medals.

For all incidents of this type, the perpetrators are quick to forget and the victims will remember it quite vividly. When combined with other incidents such as Operation Ajax or backing Saddam Hussein after he had invaded their country, we start to understand some reasons for Iranian mistrust.

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