Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NAVAL BLOCKADE OF IRAN WOULD BE AN ACT OF WAR

RICHARD SILVERSTEIN, TIKUN OLAM Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has proposed in discussions with the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, that a naval blockade be imposed on Iran as one of several ways to pressure Iran into stopping its uranium enrichment program. . .

There's just a wee problem with his suggestion: does anyone recall Egypt shutting down the Straits of Tiran and blockading the shipping of a certain country in 1967? Remember what happened next? Yes, a full-scale war. A naval blockade is an act of war and Iran would take it as such. The idea that such a blockade would somehow be short of "violent" is foolhardy in the extreme.

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