Thursday, January 10, 2008

Iranians Prank Call American Warships?

On Tuesday, the Pentagon released some footage of what they alleged are Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats, circling two Coalition warships in the Strait of Hormuz. I've linked the video below.

The whole video is a little boring, so you may want to skip to the last 30 seconds.

At that point the screen goes black and a recording of what is alleged to be a radio exchange between the Iranians and the Americans is played. A slightly goofy, Iranian-accented voice threatens the Americans with imminent explosion. The Americans respond with understandable confusion, and don't end up exploding.

Needless to say, the Iranians have denied that any such incident occurred, and have accused the Americans of fabricating the incident, footage and dialogue.

A Revolutionary Guard official had this to say:
"The footage released by the U.S. Navy was compiled using file pictures and the audio has been fabricated"

A very annoyed U.S. Defense Department spokesman replied:
"[the Iranian] allegation is absurd, factually incorrect and reflects the lack of seriousness with which they take this serious incident."
Hmm very serious, and certainly not funny at all. But what if the Americans are telling the truth about their ships being circled, and the Iranians are telling the truth when they say it wasn't them? It would then have to be a regional group of slightly mental adrenaline junkies who had exhausted every possible other alternative in their unending quest for thrills.

On that basis, I think it was these guys. I can picture them making the prank call.


Ahsan said...

that video is completely psycho. how fast do you think they're going? 80? 90? 100?

zeyd said...

I am coming for you!

Kinda sounds like Borat.

Asad said...

"US doubts over Iran boat 'threat'"
Thursday, 10 January 2008, 20:49 GMT

An alleged threat to blow up US warships "may not have come" from Iranian speedboats involved in a recent stand-off, the BBC has learned.

The voice on a Pentagon tape could instead have come from another ship in the area or a transmitter on land, senior US Navy sources told the BBC.

... WTF mate?

NB said...

I rest my case.