Combined Ops

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Attempt to Close Strait of Hormuz Would Be "Act of War"


Reported as US Navy commander: US, Gulf allies won't let Iran close Gulf oil passageway:
The U.S. Navy and its Gulf allies will not allow Iran to seal off the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the commander of American naval forces in the Persian Gulf said Wednesday.
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Cosgriff's comments follow Iranian threats that it could seal off the key passageway if there were a Western attack on Tehran. But Cosgriff said the "international community would find its voice rapidly" if Iran were to close the key strait.

Earlier this week, Cosgriff said in Bahrain that any such action by Iran would be viewed as an act of war.
Meanwhile, a Iranian general offers up an act of kindness:
A senior Iranian commander says the country is digging some '320,000 graves' in its bordering provinces for future slain invaders.

Brigadier General Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, the Head of the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Holy Defense, said Sunday that the decision had been approved by Iran's Armed Forces Headquarters.

"We will dig 15,000 to 20,000 graves in each of the border provinces," he said.

"We do not wish the families of enemy soldiers to experience what Americans had to go through in the aftermath of the Vietnam War," added Brig. Gen. Baqerzadeh, who is also the head of the search committee for missing soldiers.

The commander said the preemptive measures would decrease the time slain soldiers would be 'missing in action'.

"The burial of slain soldiers will be carried out decently and in little time," he continued.
Digging holes in the desert. I guess that will train your troops well in the art of ... digging holes in the desert.

To each his own, I suppose.

Bottom photo:
NASA Photo ID: STS036-89-060 File Name: 10063857.jpg
Film Type: 70mm Date Taken: 03/04/90
Title: Strait of Hormuz
Description:
Portions of Oman, The United Arab Emirates and Iran are seen at the Strait of Hormuz (26.0N, 56.0E) in this view. A prominent oil slick from a ship flushing its tanks can be seen south of the strait. Sunglint in the Gulf of Oman, south of the strait, accentuates the complex currents and oil slicks, seen as dark toned blue streaks on the surface.

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