Overheard on CNN.com: Some fear escalation with Iran in Strait of Hormuz
An Iranian missile is launched during war games on April 25, 2010, in southern Iran, near the Strait of Hormuz.
December 28th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Some fear escalation with Iran in Strait of Hormuz

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Iran's vice president is warning that the Islamic Republic could block the Strait of Hormuz if sanctions are imposed on its exports of crude oil. In fact, Iran is conducting a 10-day military exercise in the area. CNN analysts said the situation appeared volatile, and readers responded to stories about this incident by debating what would happen if the U.S. tried to go to war with Iran.

Analysis: Saber-rattling in Strait of Hormuz

Many of our readers said they feared the U.S. would at some point be tempted to go to war with Iran, and expressed concern about harm that could be done in such a case.

greatpet: "The Soviets had over 10,000 nuclear weapons and was dealt with diplomatically, but Iran should be attacked militarily if she acquired only a few nuclear weapons and hardly any delivery systems? This doesn't make sense."

era923: "You know where the problem is? The U.S. didn't have the (courage) to attack the USSR. In Iran's case, they still don't have it, but maybe Israel will drag them to the war and make the U.S fight for them. This time, the U.S is going to pay a huge price."

RKW29: "Ha! Are you serious? 10,000 nuclear weapons and you ask why we never attacked? Um, are you on crack? This is also why the Soviets never attacked us."


Indeed, several readers said Iran was behaving in a hostile manner, even playing with brinkmanship.

medschoolkid: "This particular instance really has nothing to do with energy policies in the US or whether or why we shouldn't invade Iran. The Iranians cannot disrupt commerce in the seas. The concept of freedom of the seas is far older than the US or our foreign policies."

Daniel419: "But we can disrupt them with sanctions for something they have every right to persue? OK, that makes sense. (Sarcasm font needed.)"

Many said such actions are foolish.

gorebs88: "Congrats Iran, you are wasting all of your weapons to put on a show for countries that already know they can destroy you. Awesome."

Others chastised the U.S. for starting wars against countries they believe to be weaker. For example, we received such a comment from a Vietnam veteran:

naiveless: "We only attack countries that we have far superior military power over. Like countries that have no air force or sophisticated weapons and fight in flip flops with wool for body armor and with outdated weapons, we kill them with drones, missiles, and gunship support and then puff our chest out as how heroic and brave we are. –Vietnam Vet"

There were a lot of commenters who worried that a war with Iran could happen, at cost to many.

lochlan: "The war hawks are salivating. 'Push them again, maybe they'll fight back.' We can go in, kill a bunch of people, mostly innocent civilians and our soldiers, who won't even get a thank you, just a screw job when they get back, and then give everything we can possibly steal from the country to the corporate elite, who won't spill a single drop of their own blood. And nobody is going to stop them."

def1ant: "Actually, the stealing will come from us, the American taxpayer, because after all, war is a very profitable business."

But many other readers said they didn't believe Iran was acting in its own best interest, as in this discussion.

rmtaks: "Closing the strait off would be badly overplaying their hand. It's basically a free ticket for a NATO attack. If Iran thinks the West isn't itching to topple their regime they are seriously miscalculating; it has just been politically unfeasible since Iran really hasn't done anything until now."

GeneralDavis: "The sanctions against Iran are an act of war, so they are entitled to strike back. And if Iran already has nukes, then we are the ones miscalculating."

rmtaks: "GeneralDavis: That isn't going to be how the public sees it, and that's what matters. If they have nukes (on Israel presumably), and use them, that would allow the West to declare total war."

What do you think about the politics of the strait? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. TCR C2

    Im back . Screen name changes could be a good thing but maybe not it does not give the trolls enough to play with maybe,but to log into cnn with a secret pass code will definitley help out and if you cant or dont than you wont blog with cnn. I frequently change my screen name and it has helped avoid trolls ive been threatened several times on these blogs and got in touch with nicole and she took care of it

    December 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TCR C2

      Just a note to you TCR C2, CNN is not willing to change how they run their WordPress blogs.
      I am doing this to you only this once in protest at CNN's lack of professionalism in this area. I have often had my name stolen here. The next time, if it happens at all, it will not be me, but someone else. I have no interest in stealing your name, but I do have an interest in seeing this glaring hole in blog security stopped. I hope you can understand.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Thanks for reading, and sorry you're seeing this happen. We are exploring ways to enhance our commenting systems. We would love to hear your ideas. And feel free to flag me @nsaidi and I will check it out when I can get to it.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)

    @ TCR C2
    Sadly, our warriors aren't getting much of a break at all. Some of the ones that just returned from Iraq, are being redeployed to Afghanistan.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. genomega

    Trying to equate Russia and Iran having nukes is like equating night and day. Iran's greatest wish is to ignite a world war to hasten the return of the fifth Imam. Ahmadinejad is urging Iranians to prepare for the coming of the Mahdi by turning the country into a mighty and advanced Islamic society and by avoiding the corruption and excesses of the West.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)

    Again, Use your own name fake bobcat. You are not funny.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    @ Nicole Nsaidi: with all due respect, it is very difficult for me to understand why obvious offensive content cannot be blocked on this blog. I consider myself to be a fully active political animal, and I attempt to submit posts to the 'Political Ticker' blog regularly. Yet my posts are consistently 'blocked', even though I never utilize offensive language. Right now, I have a post on one of the Gingrich threads that has been "awaiting moderation" for more than 5 hours. The post: "don't you just love these smartest guy in the room types?" That's it, post 75. Is the Ticker different from This Just In in the way it is policed? Maybe you can take some tips from them to aid in your troll problem.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Sorry you're having trouble posting ... I can't find your comment in any of our queues, so I don't think a filter is responsible for your post not showing up. Have you tried submitting again?

      This Just In gets a huge volume of comments, and that makes things a bit more challenging. Many good comments, a few bad. We delete what we can, and the majority of conversations are productive. We're looking to see what improvements can be made, but these things take time. It's best to look past any bothersome comments and attempt to drown them out, rather than feed the fire. It's the internet, and as such, you have to anticipate all kinds of people.

      I have removed a small fraction of the comments on this post, for example. Most of the notes are legit.

      Thanks for reading, and commenting. We really appreciate it.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mycology

    saidi the idiot picks a comment that uses the regular anti-semetic notion that jews "drag" countries to war, and that israel will "drag the US" to war with Iran.

    This is not an Israel-only problem, this is a world problem. It is a problem if religious fanatics own nuclear weapons, and iran that is exactly who is in charge.

    MAD (Mutually assured destruction) only works if both sides are logical and rational and desire / value / respect life, islamists have proven again and again they do not respect or value life, but instead respect and value "death for allah".

    December 29, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      @fungus
      I don't think religion is a requirement to be a fanatic.

      December 29, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthship

      How rational was the Iraq War? How rational has American foreign policy been with Iran over the past 60 years?
      Americans started their nuclear capabilities, now we must live with it.

      January 1, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    “”Most of the oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz GOES TO ASIA””, but because oil is a globally traded commodity, a shortage of oil in any one place impacts oil prices worldwide.
    OIL IS A GLOBAL TRADE COMMODITY if we get the pipeline down from Canada, and the Gulf of Mexico producing again, and if we get the oil shale and natural gas producing, the United States can become fully independent of foreign oil.
    But we will still be paying $100 or more a barrel, our own United States oil, what’s wrong with that picture people.
    Wake up America quit being stupid. Or do you like being screwed by OPEC and United States refined oil fuel and gasoline companies here in United States.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thomas

    Iran is acting like a stupid, petulant child. It's just giving psycho Israel the justification to nuke Tehran.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JohnO

    Me personally, I am for Iran's sovereign right to do as it pleases, we as the us treat the entire planet as our jurisdiction. Are we not subject to the same global polices that we help set?. We need people to stop being lazy and fearful and rise up against the puppet government, we should call this the American winter!

    December 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. noproblem

    This is nothing but empty threats...while Iran has indeed spent many years to develop the necessary weapons to be able to shut down the strait, they know they can only do so for a very short time...the other countries would bring high-tech weapons to bear on Iran which they have no answer for...it would be a very lop-sided fight and the Iranian military know that they do not have any chance of shutting down the strait for an indefinite period

    December 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    America is acting like a petulent child. Another war to line the pockets of the so called elite. Just do not expect any support from our special forces this time, we have had enough. Afganistan and Iraq democraticed? Looted more like it.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Leigh

    War with Iran. Swell. By all means, let's invade another country and get bogged down there for another decade or so. Let's destroy thousands of lives in the name of proving how tough we are. Look, I dislike Iran and all it stands for, but unless we are going to stop swaggering and get serious about mapping out solid objectives, we will just end up with another Iraq.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. What war???

    ... There is not going to be any war. The oil biggies told them to fire a few rockets to keep oil prices from falling more due to the europe financial mess and stabilize oil prices also making them go higher. When the price is right everything will become quiet again until the next round. Americans will be made to suffer more by Wall street , banks and oil companies.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irina

      Israel is the one naotin with a dog in the fight in the Middle East; they have an existential interest in Iran's nukes, and unlike the general sentiment in the West, believe what Iran tells us. If you have an enemy who states to the world that they want to wipe you off the map, I would tend to believe them as well. Israel will do what it needs to do to survive in the region. It always has.

      February 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. €:^)

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 3, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Rizzo

    Here we go again fighting another War for Israel, come on America stop being Israels pet. Iran has every right to obtain Nukes if I were the Iranian Leader I would do the same and why not with Israel and the US threatening their lives everyday what Nation won't obtain the big game changer it only makes sense.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
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