I'm reminded of a bit of History from the Star Trek universe where after being experiencing a long and bloody war between the Federation and Klingon Empire, a Federation vessel, the USS Enterprise, aids in the defense of a Klingon outpost against the Romulan Star Empire where in the USS Enterprise was destroyed. However as a result of the action of Enterprise crew, the Federation and Klingon Empire, once bitter enemies, enter a new period of mutual respect and friendship, at least cooperation, and in some cases an alliance.
I believe firstly that I'm completly wasted when I refered to this bit of future history and that secondly it may have no bering on this issue and that thirdly you should take it at face value.
I don't know if they should help. What alternative have they offered that would lead experts to believe they have a better method? I think this will be the Titanic of oil drilling; and will set the way for action in changing future safety requirements.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Brilliant political play by Iran. Puts us in a catch 22.
I suspect they wouldn't be able to do a damned thing that could really help, but they wouldn't have to succeed because they can say "Well, at least we tried".
They have nothing to lose in any scenario, and no matter what the US responds with, they gain. We say "no thanks" and we look like douchebags who didn't accept an olive branch that they offered. We say yes, we look like incompetent douchebags that had to accept help from our "worst enemies".
Brilliant move by them.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.
I say we help our country, and earth by taking up the offer. The only thing to lose is pride, which we might have too much of. I agree with Tucker Case, its all political. BUT, this is the time where we can really learn from the other side. Iran has been known to solve these kinds of problems. They had many of these problems after Saddam Hussein attacked many of their refineries, wells, etc. in the 1980's. He even attacked an island off the Persian gulf belonging to Iran, containing underwater oil wells, which is the same problem we are trying to tackle today. Do we really need to put our faith into the 'private' sector and go with BP? Oh, btw the original name of BP was the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
BP does know what to do, and the solution is to ask Iran. That's what Kuwait did and many other countries in the Middle East. We have to understand that even though Iran's Oil sector is government owned it advanced rather quickly and blossomed the new field of Petroleum engineering. I would put my money on a country whose food, defense, and political leverage DEPENDS on oil rather than a few fat geezers sitting at the board of BP wondering what options to put on his yacht.
Some of us might see Iran has NO way of helping us, but this might be the ONLY way they ever help us with anything lol