An official with the Pentagon said that the video seemed to have been taken around the time of the Sunday incident. The part where Iranian boats played chicken with the American warships seems to have been edited out.
Iran's video of their version of what happened has been aired:
- Iran's own Press TV, a government-run English-language channel - its signal is often blocked inside Iran
- Another state-run channel, Alalam - an Arabic-language channel
"Launched on August 15, 2006, the website is trying to disseminate news in a sincere and impartial manner by keeping up a moderate line. In its coverage of events, Alalam News is trying to avoid stirring religious and ethnic strife."
It's pretty obvious to anyone outside some of the groovier Philosophy departments that someone's not telling the truth. The Iranian and American versions of the Sunday morning incident in the Strait of Hormuz are quite incompatible.
I'm inclined to believe the American version. Even if I were to assume that both governments were equally reliable, there's the matter of the two videos -
- The Americans would have had to do a top-rate special effects job: Faking several minutes of hand-held video
- Iran's government could easily have recorded their video while the boats were at a distance, then dubbed the audio in
- The Americans have the crews of three ships: those who were above decks, at any rate
And yes, I'm biased. I remember how this lot got control of Iran, and I'm not all that impressed with how they've run the place since.