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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


War humor of the day

You'll remember the manufactured "provocation" in which Iranian naval speedboats, aided by a clown nicknamed the "Filipino Monkey" intoning "We are coming at you" and some creative video editing by the U.S., allegedly "threatened" U.S. warships in the Gulf of Hormuz. You'd probably forgotten about it, by US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead hasn't, because he offered it up as an "explanation" for the recent Israeli rehearsal of an attack on Iran, a war "game" which involved not a few speedboats but more than a hundred warplanes:
He, however, opined that the exercise could have been provoked by a January naval encounter between an IRGC speedboat and a US warship in the Strait of Hormuz.
Strangely enough, I believe this was not a deliberate attempt at humor.

Curiously enough, the word "provocation" was never used in conjunction with the Israeli operation. Not, at least, by the Western corporate media. "Show of strength," yes. "Provocation"? No.

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