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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Making the Strait of Hormuz Redundant to Weaken Iran?


    The entire world knows the importance of the Strait of Hormuz and Washington and its allies are very well aware that the Iranians can militarily close it for a significant period of time. This is why the U.S. has been working with the GCC countries – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and the U.A.E. – to re-route their oil through pipelines bypassing the Strait of Hormuz and channelling GCC oil directly to the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, or Mediterranean Sea. Washington has also been pushing Iraq to seek alternative routes in talks with Turkey, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.



    Both Israel and Turkey have also been very interested in this strategic project. Ankara has had discussions with Qatar about setting up an oil terminal that would reach Turkey via Iraq. The Turkish government has attempted to get Iraq to link its southern oil fields, like Iraq’s northern oil fields, to the transit routes running through Turkey. This is all tied to Turkey’s visions of being an energy corridor and important lynchpin of transit.....snip~

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    The aims of re-routing oil away from the Persian Gulf would remove an important element of strategic leverage Iran has against Washington and its allies. It would effectively reduce the importance of the Strait of Hormuz. It could very well be a prerequisite to war preparations and a war led by the United States against Tehran and its allies.

    It is within this framework that the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline or the Hashan-Fujairah Oil Pipeline is being fostered by the United Arab Emirates to bypass the maritime route in the Persian Gulf going through the Strait of Hormuz. The project design was put together in 2006, the contract was issued in 2007, and construction was started in 2008. This pipeline goes straight from Abdu Dhabi to the port of Fujairah on the shore of the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea.

    In other words, it will give oil exports from the U.A.E. direct access to the Indian Ocean. It has openly been presented as a means to ensure energy security by bypassing Hormuz and attempting to avoid the Iranian military. Along with the construction of this pipeline, the erection of a strategic oil reservoir at Fujairah was also envisaged to also maintain the flow of oil to the international market should the Persian Gulf be closed off.

    If Syria and Lebanon were converted into Washington’s clients, then the defunct Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline) could also be reactivated, along with other alternative routes going from the Arabian Peninsula to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea via the Levant. Chronologically, this would also fit into Washington’s efforts to overrun Lebanon and Syria in an attempt to isolate Iran before any possible showdown with Tehran.....snip~

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    Yep, this is the kind of response this "manufactured incident" was calculated to produce. Works every bloody time.
    LOL, so Iran went into mass manufacturing to receive sanctions and to be followed by air strikes later?

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    This BBC report clearly recognises they were fishermen.

    "Indian fishermen injured when their boat was shot at by a US Navy ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) say they received no warnings before they came under fire.

    One fisherman was killed and three others injured when the USNS Rappahannock raked the small boat with machinegun fire near Dubai on Monday.... "

    BBC News - India fishermen deny US ship warned them in UAE shooting

    Shades of the "Vincennes", though mercifully not on the same scale.
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    I am not a fisherman obviously.

    So is it considered normal to have 3 outboards on a 30 ft motor boat.

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    LOL, so Iran went into mass manufacturing to receive sanctions and to be followed by air strikes later?
    Eh? What? I thought we were talking about the small boat shooting.
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Well since we closed down the Iraq war, right, we now have the resources for a different war. Woot!
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Apparently, this isn't the first time the "Indian Fisherman maneuver" has been tried (bold is mine):

    The MV Enrica Lexie was travelling from Singapore to Egypt with a crew of 34 including 19 Indians and accompanied by six Italian marines from the San Marco Regiment, while the fishing trawler named St. Antony had left Neendakara in Kerala with a crew of 11 to fish for tuna. The incident happened between 22 nautical miles (41 km) and 14 nautical miles (26 km) from the Indian coast at approximately 4:30 PM off the coast of Kerala, with Indian and Italian sources giving different accounts of the incident.[1][4]

    According to the captain of the Enrica Lexie and the Italian marines, a boat of armed pirates approached the ship and the marines fired warning shots at them as they anticipated that the pirates would try and board the ship. It was said that they resorted to firing only after the boat was warned by flashing the search lights and displaying weapons. The effectiveness of the flashing search light is unclear as the incident happened in broad daylight. Italians also claim that the incident happened in international waters and that the concerned boat was apparently not the same on which the fishermen were shot dead in the same afternoon.[2]

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    Speaking to an Indian television channel in India on 18 May 2012, Staffan de Mistura, the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, said : "They (Italian naval marines) had tried to send some signals. They shot into the water and fired warning shots, some of which went in the wrong direction". He described the death of the two fishermen caused by the shooting as an "accidental killing" and an "unfortunate incident which everyone regrets. Our marines never wanted this to happen, but unfortunately it took place".
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    Methinks I see a pattern here.
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    Eh? What? I thought we were talking about the small boat shooting.
    The small boat skipper should be awarded ISO certification for Good Manufacturing Practice. (sarcastic alert)

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    The small boat skipper should be awarded ISO certification for Good Manufacturing Practice. (sarcastic alert)
    Or certainly the Quds bravery medal for charging at a USN ship, knowing that eventually they would fire upon him if he ignored warnings..
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