Quote: Originally Posted by petrosAngry Kurds bury victims of Turkish attack - YouTube (external - login to view)
Turkey just off more Kurds the other day.
Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
It is not as difficult as you think - couple of weeks perhaps 4 at the most. Add in the US allies that depend upon Hormuz. Did you consider that. No.
Either side can close the Persian Gulf and interfere with regional trade and commerce.
Pipelines take years to build and are difficult to protect.
Nations in the region will have to make pragmatic decisions. Most couldn't defend themselves from Iran on their own. Likely many will try to remain neutral. Saudi Arabia and a few emirates will probably side with the US/Israel...probably causing internal dissent and civil war in some countries.
Certainly China would like to keep this war below the threshold where it interferes with their ability to buy oil from either side. Other than that, I doubt they care. China and Russia both sell arms to Iran and are interested in American technology. Iran has oil and access to secret American technology.
I wouldn't be surprised if Iran had help when they captured a US drone recently.
Quote: Originally Posted by petros
Nice propaganada piece that either contains a lie or mistake in fact collecting because if you want to float tankers in and out of the Gulf you have to go through Iranian waters. Any ship that decides to make a run for it is fair game to be shot at.
Most countries including the U.S. and Iran accept the Law of the Sea. However...
Is Iran legally permitted to close Strait of Hormuz to countries that impose sanctions against Iran's oil?
By Bahman Aghai Diba, PhD
International Law of the Sea
The Strait of Hormuz is the narrow sea passage that connects the Persian Gulf to the Oman Sea. This is the only sea-passage for the export of oil from the Persian Gulf states. (1) Recently, due to the revival of the possibility of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which may include sanctions against the purchase of oil and the sale of petroleum products to Iran, the issue of Iran’s reactions, especially the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, has turned into a hot topic. Some Iranian officials have recently claimed that according to the 1958 Geneva Convention on the Law of the Sea, Iran can suspend the passage from the Strait of Hormuz for the countries that impose sanctions against the Iranian oil and gas imports and exports.
This is a piece on the legal, political, military and practical aspects of this issue.
Is Iran legally permitted to close Strait of Hormuz to countries that impose sanctions against Iran's oil? (external - login to view)
Anyone who chooses sides would be fair game. Belligerent war ships of either side would be fair game. Neutral countries would require both sides grant passage and take their chances.
Last edited by earth_as_one; Dec 31st, 2011 at 02:23 PM..