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)

    @bigwilliestyles

    The only reason we went into Irq, is because Mr. Bush had a hard on for Saddam Hussein.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    About time, JIF©! 😉

    Shhhh!

    December 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)

    Tell me the secret.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    "Ah, but then it wouldn't be a secret."
    –banasy
    (quote from about a year ago re ©)
    @ bobcat ©:
    Maybe next Christmas...

    December 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hugh Jass ©

    The Iranians must have some super top-secret tires on that missile launcher.

    Sent from my trombone.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol uh oh looks like your secret got out! Via a trombone no less! Lmfao

    December 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (PARACHUTE QUALITY CONTROL TESTER)

    I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW WAR.... with chicas grandes..

    December 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. time bomb

    what was the date, Dec. 23r 2012

    December 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ time bomb, wasnt it purely speculation anyway? No one can predict the future!

    December 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)

    @chrissy
    I predict that five minutes from now I will still be at work. I check back in five to see if I was right.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Losers!

    Man i am worried about paying this months rent !!!

    December 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @JIF©:
    I wasn't going to say it on the threads, troll damage control, you know.
    I'm not going to give the secret of Japan, either.

    Check out the tr, also...

    December 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    bciah, on a pc, go to word, insert symbol, copy/paste. Or something like that. Not sure. Play.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @time bomb:
    December 21, 2012.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)

    @banasy
    Thanks, I'll give a shot.
    P.S. Troll alert on some of the other threads.
    When do these kids go back to school ?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
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