I cannot. I could equally well say that the unidentified boats signalled their non-hostile intent by turning away, or that the Chinese submarine demonstrated its hostile intent by closing into firing range without announcement.seycyrus said:The sub commander signaled his non-hostile intent by surfacing in a non-threatening manner.
The Iranians demonstrated hostile intent. Can you tell the difference?
Merely closing into firing range -- which both the sub and the boats did -- cannot be taken as a hostile intent by itself, even if "under cloak" as in case of the sub.
It is entirely irrelevant what I think they ment, and yes, at the spot the phrase may quite well have been misinterpreted. Let me remind of the article passages: "...close to three U.S. Navy ships and intercepted radio signals...", thus the transmission was intercepted and surely in Persian, and then "...that was threatening in nature to the effect that they were closing our ships and that ... the U.S. ships would explode.", i.e. an interpretation of the fragments, rather than a coherent transcript of the exchange. A worried US commander, probably. Legal basis for taking action due to hostile intent -- certainly not.seycyrus said:Who do YOU think the Iranians were broadcasting to when they transmitted "prepare to explode"
Did the US mistranslate the phrase?
At any rate, after the fact it is obvious that interpreting the radio intercept as coordination of the attack would have been wrong, since nothing had happend, the boats turned away.
In a way. I was expecting a lot of thrashing of Iranian elements responsible for the childish pranks such as this, to have instead seen several posts claiming that the American commander should have committed, as I would judge it more probably than not, an act of war. Thus, I have to respond :)seycyrus said:So, you want to quibble?
My personal opinion of the matter is this: a stupid provoking, but otherwise probably not illegal action (minus the possible "pirate" qualification) on part of Iranian elements, where the American commander professionally and cold-bloodily did everything by the book, and certainly reported on the event in the same way. Everything after that are political games, of which I have no interest.
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