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What If the US Shot Down an Iranian Intelligence Gathering Drone in a War Crisis off of Florida Keys?

Would anybody care whether it was just inside territorial waters or just outside?

What if an Iranian military drone laden with listening devices and powerful cameras flew near the US coast during a war crisis and the Americans shot it down?

What if Americans did so after Iran had in 1953 helped overthrow their President in favor of a dictator, and then in 1980 encouraged Mexico to invade the United States. Then escorted Brazilian and Canadian ships exporting Mexican goods during the war, and blew up half of American navy in 1988 as well as a civilian airliner. Let’s say Iran then also propped up America’s domestic and exiled terrorists, while falsely blaming a series of al-Qaeda attacks on the US, and falsely accused the US of diverting nuclear material to a weapons program, and on the account of that waged a devastating economic war on the US, all the while Iran actually already had a potentially world-ending nuclear arsenal, and was the only country to have used such weapons, and the only one which refused to rule out first use including against a non-nuclear state.

Let’s say the Americans then blew up an Iranian drone 13 nautical miles off of Florida Keys? Would this be scandalous aggression or justified self-defense to thwart enemy intelligence gathering?

For me personally, if Iran, while waging economic war and threatening a shooting one (“all options are on the table”), had travelled half a world to fly a massive $120 million intelligence-gathering platform off of America’s coast, and the Americans shot it down I would be 100 percent with the Americans. If the drone had crossed into the 12-mile territorial waters belt it would make the shootdown one hundred percent legal, but even had it merely come very close it would be a perfectly reasonable and justifiable act to destroy it.

In fact at least one American expert has pointed out the Iranians possibly had the legal right to destroy the drone even if it really was in international airspace:

“Assuming that for once Washington is telling the truth” about how far the U.S. drone was from Iran when it was downed, “it is still undeniable that Iran has the right to demand identification from any aircraft flying this near its territory,” H. Bruce Franklin, former Air Force navigator and intelligence officer, wrote on Facebook. U.S. Air Defense Identification Zones extend 200 miles from the U.S. border. “Any unidentified drone” which flew that close to the U.S. “would most likely be shot down,” Franklin added.

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, wrote to the Security Council that the drone did not respond to several radio warnings before it was shot down.

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thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
8 months ago

https://www.rt.com/news/462143-nuclear-stockpile-sipri-israel/

Would it make any difference to truth-starved Americans to know Israel has nuclear weapons?

CHUCKMAN
8 months ago

Yes, indeed, on the points about international airspace.

“all options are on the table”- literally, the most frequently heard expression coming from Washington senior officials for months.

It’s like an annoying advertising slogan or jingle repeated over and over and over.

They’ve even used it for more than one country.

I think that kind of language is revealing, actually very revealing.

It reveals a lack of imagination, just for a start.

It indicates an obsessive nature, too. That quality we associate with stalkers.

And of course, it reveals aggression. And hatred.

What totally impoverished language to be heard almost continuously from the government of the world’s most powerful nation.

But I suppose it has the limited merit of giving us all a fair warning about some people who occupy high positions.

It’s as though they can’t help revealing themselves.

For anyone interested, I posted a summary and analysis of events, as I see them, in the Straits of Hormuz:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/john-chuckman-comment-clarifying-facts-about-irans-downing-of-an-american-drone-trumps-retaliatory-missile-strike-order-iran-as-a-formidable-enemy-who-started-it-all-not-iran-relentl/

Peter Williams
Peter Williams
8 months ago
Reply to  CHUCKMAN

Your blog is very difficult to read in white on blue. May I suggest you change it to the more standard black on white.

John C Carleton
John C Carleton
8 months ago

How to you expect the baby rapering Khazarians and yankee “witch” burning, and Southern Child gang raping till death yankee “puritans in DC act like humans, when they are not?

These confused soul-less scum, are so stupid, they can not figure out Iran is a sovereign country half way around the world from Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac.

Their ships and aircraft keep getting lost, when tryin g to find WASHINGTON DC, ending up starting wars for Israhell, in Sovereign Lands, murdering innocent humans for zionism,

The water and air should be tested in DC, for the virus which causes this.
Until the epidemic is under control, Washington DC, and all in it should be quarantined for the safety of the Earth and Humanity.

And bomb Tel Aviv, the virus is terminal there, and spreads the disease to those unfortunate enough to come in contact with the terminally infected.

Garry Compton
Garry Compton
8 months ago

Why does the US/NWO need to fly a drone 6000 miles from Key West – anyways ?

thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
8 months ago
Reply to  Garry Compton

Other believe they’re based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti and the UAE’s Al Dhafra Air Base.

The joy-stickers operating from an air conditioned suite in Las Vegas.

Peter Williams
Peter Williams
8 months ago

By shooting down the drone, Iran has made the point that US manned aircraft are just as endangered, a point not lost on a US President seeking re-election.

Aen RaBeon
Aen RaBeon
8 months ago
Reply to  Peter Williams

That manned electronics spy plane should have been made collateral so we all can celebrate early.

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