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February 14, 2007

Counting Coup Iran

Not sure what to make of this, but it sure is interesting. From Yossi Melman, intelligence correspondent with Israel's Haaretz:

A commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday that a commando unit has engraved the military organization's emblem into the side panel of an American warship stationed in the Persian Gulf.

Nur Ali Shushkari, the head of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces, told Iranian pro-government news agencies that the symbol was etched onto the ship by the crew of a submarine that had managed to reach the U.S. vessel without detection by radar.

Shushkari did not release specific details about the incident, but claimed that the operation proved that Iranian forces are following American fleet traffic in the region. [Emphasis added]

It's hard to believe Iranian commandos got close enough to a US warship to tag it with grafitti, so you've got to be skeptical. Unless US forces are purposely letting down their guard to invite an attack to trigger a war. Remember the Maine. But if the story's not true, the question becomes: what's it doing in a leading Israeli paper under the byline of a highly experienced intel correspondent? Who's trying to send what message?

And if the story is true? You'd have to give the Iranians props for simply counting coup on the ship and moving on. Iranians: the people who invented chess.

[Thanks, Miles]

Posted by Jonathan at February 14, 2007 05:19 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


Actually, the general consensus is that chess was invented in India, developed further in Persia, with the game as we know it now, i.e., by what rules, arose in Europe in the late 1400s. :-)

Posted by: LarryE at February 14, 2007 06:27 PM

Heckler. :-)

Posted by: Jonathan at February 15, 2007 11:58 AM