Monday, January 14, 2008

"You Will Explode" Hormuz Transmission:
Not From Iranian Boats?

More about the shenanigans of those Iraqi speedboats at the Strait of Hormuz:

That "you will explode" radio transmission may, or may not, have come from one of the boats.

The "Navy Times" wrote that "American ships operating in the Middle East have had to contend with a mysterious but profane voice known by the ethnically insulting handle of 'Filipino Monkey,' likely more than one person, who listens in on ship-to-ship radio traffic and then jumps on the net shouting insults and jabbering vile epithets."

As spokeswoman for the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain said: "We don’t know for sure where they came from," referring to the threatening words. "It could have been a shore station."

I don't think this lets Iran off the hook. Even without that "you will explode" transmission, playing chicken with part of the U.S. 5th Fleet isn't a friendly act - or a smart one.

Besides, arranging for a shore station or another ship to transmit that threat would give Iran plausible deniability.

Or, the "Filipino Monkey" may be an independent nut case, or a bowlful of assorted nuts, who saw what the boats were doing, and decided to have some fun.

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