On February 11, 2016, the Iranians carried out a re-enactment of the capture of American sailors from last month. Such a ploy was part of a series of celebrations marking the 36th year anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. But even more so, it was also intended as a taunting message from Iran to America, in which Iran is flexing its muscle while America (under the Obama Administration) is viewed as weak.
This is not the first time the Iranians have captured sailors from another nation and held them hostage. In two separate incidents (2004 and 2007), the Iranians have abducted British sailors and Marines in the Persian Gulf region, and released them soon afterward on both occasions.
In all three incidents, the Iranian Government claimed that their prisoners had entered Iranian waters (a claim that some people have disputed). Nevertheless, the seizure of American and British personnel is nothing more than Iran trying to see how much it can get away with.
Apparently, both the Americans and British were not permitted to defend themselves in the event they were approached by the Iranians. But that was not the case for the Royal Australian Navy, whose sailors held off Iranian aggressors in December 2004.
In addition to abducting sailors in the Persian Gulf, Iran has imprisoned a number of individuals from other nations for various offenses (which in all likelihood are trumped-up charges).
Ever since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, Iraq ceased to be a threat to the Iranians. Thus, Iran sought to become the top power in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons, which would make it a threat to not just Israel (whom it has pledged to wipe off the map) but to every nation on Earth. Just think about it. How can anyone be sure that Iran will not launch a nuclear strike against America, or any of America’s European allies?
Needless to say, the Iranian Nuclear Deal is a disaster, because Iran will not hold its end of the bargain. And the release of Iranian assets could wind up being used to finance terrorists.
Of course, the Obama Administration does not care, because it takes a dim view of America and is pro-Muslim. And Obama will be leaving office in less than a year, so should the worst happen, he will probably blame it on his successor (similar to the Clintons blaming the Bush Administration for 9/11, even though Bill Clinton paved the way).
In conclusion, Iran cannot be trusted, and whoever succeeds Obama needs to realize this and thus take a tougher stance against the Iranians.
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