U.S. Ship Fires at Iranian Boats
Posted by Joshua Price on April 25, 2008
Well it’s about time we take some aggressive action that sends a message to Iran. Unfortunately it took a civilian ship contracted by the U.S. Navy to send the message.
Here’s an excerpt from Fox News:
A vessel contracted by the Navy in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots Thursday on two fast boats believed to be of Iranian origin.
n a story first reported by FOX News, Navy officials said the Westward Venture fired upon two boats about 50 miles off the coast of Iran.
U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Lydia Robertson said the boats were of unknown origin, but other Navy officials told FOX News that the markings of the boats and their behavior led them to believe they were Iranian and typical of those used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
As you may recall this isn’t the first time this has happened. A couple of months ago a similar situation occurred where a U.S. Naval Ship was harassed by two Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) boats, but no shots–warning or otherwise–were fired.
What’s interesting in this story to me, other than the fact this shows a pattern of harassment by Iran, is that it took a Navy contracted civilian ship to actually fire warning shots.
Why didn’t the Naval vessel fire shots in the incident a couple of months ago? I don’t blame the men and women aboard the Naval ships. Why? Because they are simply following the policies developed to prevent offending anyone by the top brass.
They men and women aboard our ships are so afraid to fire on a potential enemy because they fear being charged with some sort of offense by our own government!
I applaud the civilian ship for sending a message to the Iranians: if you keep dogging and harassing U.S. Naval or civilian ships, we will fire and eventually destroy the IRG boats.