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Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Natural Environment, nuclear free zone., nuclear stockpiles, Oil, Peace, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.

Talk is one thing, action is another. However, if the Iranian Navy was to station a battle fleet off the east coast of the US, the point would be made.

The intended point would be that is what the Americans are doing in the Persian Gulf and the anti-Persian policy is wider than that. The original report comes from Reuters, via John Glaser at AntiWar.com:

Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States’ Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries.

“Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders,” the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.

The declaration comes just weeks after Turkey said it would host a NATO early warning radar system which will help spot missile threats from outside Europe, including potentially from Iran. The decision has angered Tehran which had enjoyed close relations with Ankara.

And it comes a few months after Iran sent warships through the Suez canal, after the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the first time the Islamic Republic had deployed navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

Imperial hubris dictates there is a rule for one and a rule for everybody else. More generally this is just another illustration of the escalation inherent in the cycle of threats and overt violence. The principle that rules the world, regardless of the practitioners.

This whole situation would not arise if oil was not the critical strategic resource it is judged to be. Incidentally, there are alternative technologies, albeit with problems, but not only would there wider application reduce this problem, but improve the quality of atmosphere and the planet by reducing carbon emissions, although not addressing the associated problem of the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Those who argue that carbon emission reduction strategies are a threat to a way of life, ought to weigh the danger posed to life on earth of economic carbon dependence, linked through the politics of the Middle East to nuclear conflagration.



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