January 11, 2008

LICENSED TO KILL GOPHERS:

The Day the Americans Sunk Khomeini's Navy (Amir Taheri, 11 January 2008, Asharq Alawsat)

Had the IRGC not run away we might have had a repeat of what happened on 18 April 1987.

On that day, a group of IRGC speedboats actually fired on a US warship, triggering a naval duel that lasted more than 12 hours.

At the end of the day, the IRGC had lost most of its navy, a loss from which it did not recover until the mid-1990s. The Americans also did "collateral damage" worth $1.2 billion to Iran's offshore oil installations.

No one knows how many IRGC men died. However, thanks to their better equipment, superior firepower and training, the Americans sustained few losses.

The duel had come in the context of Tehran's campaign to stop the flow of Kuwaiti oil through the Strait by firing on tankers flying the Kuwaiti flag. Asked for help by Kuwait, the US had put the tankers under American flag. But even that had not stopped the IRGC's quixotic campaign.

Significantly, the Americans took extra care not to destroy Iran's regular navy which they had helped build in the1970s. With one or exceptions, the Iranian regular navy stayed on the sidelines as the IRGC took a beating.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2008 11:28 PM
Comments

OJ:

Gotta love the Caddyshack reference but wasn't he authorized to kill gophers by the United Nations? No wonder the gopher got away.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 12, 2008 2:38 AM

Charge the Maxims, you Mahdi army. Only in the 1987 case it was a Mahdi navy.

One wonders when the Boxers and Ghost Dancers are going to wake up to the fact that their ju-ju really doesn't make the bullets bounce off.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 12, 2008 7:46 AM
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