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. bobcat (in a hat)

    Listen, what's going to be is going to be. It seems like we have been trying to find an excuse to rattle Iran for some time. Well, Iran is doing nothing but raising the possiblity of a US intervention. This is not going to be pretty.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    Sick and tired of all of the posturing.
    Sick and tired of it all.
    Let the little bass akwards countries do what they will; they'll get their asses handed to them on a platter.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    Sanctions are not an act of war.
    Says the lawyer.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James C. L'Angelle

    Google Earth enlarged images of 15 key Iranian coastal installations, see:



    December 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)

    I agree banasy. These little twits have been pushing buttons for a long time. Well, it looks like they are about to push the proverbial "wrong" button.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bigwilliestyles

    Why is it that the countries that are in need of 'American interventionalism' (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Venezuela), are all oil rich, while Syria, busy murdering it's people at a 'holocaust' clip, is ignored? Do you military/industrial profit mongers take the rest of us for complete fools? Or, as I have long stated, is this just the natural course of fascism, "in place and secure enough to feel comfortable waging wars of imperialism"?

    December 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)


    The difference here, is that Syria is an internal matter, and if action is to be taken, it should be done so by the arab states. Iran is threatening a shutdown of the worlds oil supplies. Can you not see the difference ?

    December 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    December 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    December 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Ha ha!

    December 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stoneaxe

    The US has been itching to punish Iran militarily since 1979 but Iran hasn't done anything to warrant US intervention.

    Iran is stupid to be pursuing nuclear weapons unless they intend to manufacture 10's or 1000's of them because if they only have a few and then do the unthinkable and use some of them then that opens the doors to giving the US a valid excuse to use nukes on them (especially if even just one is detonated in the States).

    I hope Iran starts acting more rationally and gives up on their nuclear ambitions but I doubt they will. I do feel that some "incident" will occur in 2012 (either initiated by Iran or the US) and that open conflict will occur.

    Perhaps it is time to make Iran "put up or shut up".

    December 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)


    Congratulations Joey. You got your copy right symbol.
    I wish I could do that on my computer.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol @ Joey, you did good young man! Wish i knew the secret!

    December 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)


    You are correct. It is time for the classis "I double-dog dare you.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)

      That should be classic, not classis. Duuuh.

      December 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    @ bobcat: who are you trying to kid? Have you forgotten the 'reason' for the Iraq war? This Iran thing is crap. You would have to find someone a lot dumber than I to make this flimsy case with; I am insulted that you would even try.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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