Welcome to the Persian Gulf
By Daniel M Pourkesali
11/01/08 "ICH" -- -- Iran's release of the
taken on the morning of Sunday January 6th in the
Straight of Hormuz, clearly debunks Pentagon's hype of depicting
a routine patrolling operation by the Iranian Navy as an act of
unfathomable aggression against the United States.
Timing of this so called 'provocation' incident in the
Persian Gulf just before Mr. Bush's trip to the region was also
very convenient as he went on reminding the world and all the
client Arab states in the region during a
conference in Israel yesterday that they must fear this
menacing "threat to the world peace" and prepare for a joint
U.S./Israeli action to deal with Iran.
Some have rightfully compared it with another eerily similar
'incident' in the
Gulf of Tonkin on August 2, 1964 when another government lie
started a war leading to over 50,000 American deaths and
millions of Vietnamese casualties.
But several gigantic errors and miscalculations severely
undercut this latest concoction. First, this is not 1964 and
thanks to internet people no longer have to rely on radio,
television, and newspapers version of the events which often
report such official claims as absolute truths.
Second, Iranians unlike their American counterparts do
remember and have learned quiet a bit from their history with
the United States especially in the aftermath of the 1953 CIA
coup which put an end to their budding democratic government.
The amateurish video audio
hodgepodge released by DoD to bolster U.S. claims has
instead raised more questions and exposed the U.S.'s hostile
intent rather than portraying it as victim of the Iranian
mischief. According to a report published in the
New York Times, unnamed Pentagon officials are saying that
the threatening voice heard in the audio clip which was recorded
separately from the video images and merged together later by
the Navy, "is not traceable to the Iranian military".
That voice spoken in an unfamiliar accent was the dead
giveaway for many Iranians including this writer that the video
was a hoax. To the contrary, the
Iranian version appears realistic with audio and video
perfectly synchronized in what appears to have been shot with an
ordinary camcorder most of us are familiar with. The Navy men
speak in a very familiar accent while going about their business
of patrolling and identifying ships sailing in or near Iranian
Here is the text of the conversation that took place between
the two patrolmen on the Iranian Navy speed boat as translated
0:07 #1: "Announce its
0:30 (Patrolman #2 calls the
other by name with a reference to need for safety procedures)
0:45 #1: "Slowly get a little
closer… can't make out the ship number"
0:50 #2: "Did you get it?"
0:51 #1: "Yeah, it is not
0:56 #1: "Wait just a moment"
0:57 #2: "It is better now"
1:16 #1: "Is it 73?" (Boat
proceeds to pull a little closer)
1:32 #1: "I hear something
being announced from its loudspeakers, what is it saying?"
1:50 #1: "I think they're
talking to us"
2:35 #2: "Channel?" (Getting
ready to establish radio communication)
2:36 #1: "16"
2:37 #2: "What was the ship
2:38 #1: "73"
2:40 (Then patrolman #2
starts the radio communication in English)
Wouldn't the U.S. Coast Guard be doing exactly the same if a
Russian or Chinese war ship sailed into the Gulf of Mexico just
off the Florida coastline?
At the very end of this 5 minute video one of the Iranian
patrolmen is heard reciting the ship's position: "26 and 30
minutes north and 0 and 56 minutes east" and the American
ships are shown sailing away west without incident.
Welcome to the Persian Gulf.
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