The Americans free Iranians held Hostage by Somali Pirates

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 8th, 2012

Week in Review

After receiving threats from the Iranian government not to return to the Persian Gulf the Americans do.  And save Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates (see For Iranians Held by Pirates, U.S. to the Rescue by C. J. CHIVERS posted 1/6/2012 on The New York Times).

In a naval action that mixed diplomacy, drama and Middle Eastern politics, the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis broke up a high-seas pirate attack on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, then sailors from an American destroyer boarded the pirates’ mother ship and freed 13 Iranian hostages who had been held captive there for more than a month…

This fishing vessel and its crew, provided fuel and food by the Navy, then set sail for its home port of Chah Bahar, Iran.

Do you think the Iranians would have treated American hostages held by Somali pirates the same?  Probably not.  They would probably have held the Americans on trial for espionage.  You see, that’s the difference between Iran and the U.S.  Our governments may not get along.  But it ends there for the United States.  The Americans don’t hate the Iranian people.  And will help them whenever it’s within their power to help.  As they did in the Gulf of Oman.


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