During last night's Republican debate, Fred Thompson let loose on the recent US/Iran skirmish at sea, saying, "I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that they're looking forward to seeing." Ron Paul then sharply accused his rivals of wanting to start World War III over Iran. Mounting recent events could suggest that tensions are indeed rising between the US and Iran.
Beginning last Sunday, this 30-minute encounter between Iranian patrol boats and US Naval vessels sparked a controversy now extending past the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Pentagon, five armed Iranian speedboats approached three US Navy warships in international waters. As they maneuvered aggressively, one of the Iranians allegedly issued a radio threat saying: "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes."
To see each country's response to the incident, please read more.
The Pentagon released a video on Tuesday, in order to support its version of the events. Iran claimed the video was fabricated, and just yesterday released its own video to prove that no confrontation occurred. However, the two clips don't necessarily contradict each other.
President Bush has called the Iranian actions a "provocative act." It seems to me that tensions are rising between Iran and the US. I hope that a 30-minute encounter isn't enough to ignite a full-blown confrontation between Iran and the US.