Iran offers escort for Gaza ships

*Supreme leader Khamenei offers military protection for activists. *

Iran would be willing to send its Revolutionary Guard members to accompany further aid ships to Gaza, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday in an interview cited by Reuters.

"The naval wing of the Revolutionary Guard is ready to assist the peace flotilla to Gaza with all its effort and capabilities," Khamenei's Revolutionary Guard spokesman Ali Shirazi stated.

jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177635

Sounds like someone's feeling left out.

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*Supreme leader Khamenei offers military protection for activists. *

Iran would be willing to send its Revolutionary Guard members to accompany further aid ships to Gaza, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday in an interview cited by Reuters.

"The naval wing of the Revolutionary Guard is ready to assist the peace flotilla to Gaza with all its effort and capabilities," Khamenei's Revolutionary Guard spokesman Ali Shirazi stated.

jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177635

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This guy must think everyone is taking stupid pills.

Should we take this offer as an opening gambit to excuse a war between Iran and Israel? Sounds like Iran's leadership must think they are ready to rumble. I can't imagine Israel allowing Iranian war ships in their territorial waters without a scuffle.

This is just Iran desperate for attention embarrassed at how Turkey has exposed their supposed support for the Palestinians to be nothing but talk. How could they send warships to Gaza they don't even have access to the Mediterranean.

That oughta calm things down :rolleyes:

[quote="Kadaveri, post:5, topic:200955"]
This is just Iran desperate for attention embarrassed at how Turkey has exposed their supposed support for the Palestinians to be nothing but talk. How could they send warships to Gaza they don't even have access to the Mediterranean.

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Yes, I think Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is simply grandstanding. The blockade runners have made a point that they are a peaceful movement, and so could be expected to reject an offer of what would inevitably spark a military conflagration.

Egypt has blocked Iranian cargo ships from using the Suez Canal. Egypt certainly will not allow Iranian warships through the Suez to start a war with Israel. So Iran would have to sail all the way around Africa to reach Israel. That would be a long process.

i hope this is grandstanding because i could only see this lead to bigger problems!:eek:

Iran's agricultral ministry has also promised to station foxes outside all Israeli henhouses as a sign of peaceful cooperation.

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Iran's agricultural ministry has also promised to station foxes outside all Israeli henhouses as a sign of peaceful cooperation.

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Or French in southern Lebanon to ensure that Hizbollah does not re-arm.

The foxes might do a better job actually.

[quote="Kadaveri, post:5, topic:200955"]
This is just Iran desperate for attention embarrassed at how Turkey has exposed their supposed support for the Palestinians to be nothing but talk. How could they send warships to Gaza they don't even have access to the Mediterranean.

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NEWSFLASH

Ships can sail.....so one can get from one part of the world to another.

Well there's no chance of Egypt letting Iranian warships through the Suez Canal, so how are they going to get there? Around Africa and via the Atlantic? That would take months. Obviously this is just Iran grandstanding as usual.

[quote="Kadaveri, post:12, topic:200955"]
Well there's no chance of Egypt letting Iranian warships through the Suez Canal, so how are they going to get there? Around Africa and via the Atlantic? That would take months. Obviously this is just Iran grandstanding as usual.

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Yes, Iran's offer to escort aid ships for Gaza is indeed political grandstanding, and yes, there is no chance that Iran can actually make good on its offer for a variety of reasons, but the offer was not meant to be taken literally. It was meant as a sign of support for the Palestinians and to win the allegiance of the man on the street in the Arab world. This kind of support can pay off in a variety of ways and should not be dismissed merely as a game. The question that remains is how have the Western nations attempted to win the hearts and minds of the people in the Arab world. Very little, it seems to me, and this is what makes Iran's ploy so dangerous and effective.

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