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. chrissy

    thanks banasy lmao and did you email nicole yet?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ Nicole Saidi, not me at 8:l0 and 8:l3

    December 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)

    @chrissy

    And how are you doing tonight ?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    well i WAS doin great, til these lil brats showed up, and you?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rick

    Ms Saidi, is clearly an Iranian apologist: her choice of anti US and anti-Israel "posts" while leaving out the quality posts contrary to her agenda speaks volumes to her lack of journalistic objectivity . Her agenda, so clearly displayed in this compilation, destroys the integrity of this blog.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Thanks for reading. I can certainly understand your frustration. However, I'm going to have to (respectfully) disagree with you because A.) this is a selection of comments from both sides of the issue that attempts to represent trends from actual posts and B.) this is a discussion forum, so if you don't like what we picked here, we encourage you to provide your own perspective or share comments that you think are particularly well-said. What do you think about the situation with Iran? And why?

      December 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)

    The same. I'm at work trying to pass the time. When in the hell do these kids go back to school ?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Yea ok whatever rick! I believe this thread was about various opinions of other bloggers wasnt it?? Of course ive only read it 9 times so i may be wrong.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol bobcat, not soon enough! Funny i used to say this very same thing when my kids were young! 🙂

    December 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @rick:

    Get a grip on reason, man.
    It isn't Ms. Saidi saying these things; it's other bloggers just like yourself.

    Feel free to post your opinion; that's what this blog is here for...

    What really destroys the journalistic integrity of the blogs are the trolls.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ nicole since you are here, can you please do something about this *troll* situation? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      A couple of posts have been removed. Thanks for letting us know.

      December 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    nsaidi, perhaps you can tell us what turning tricks for food stamps and pooping using stolen names have to do with the situation in Iran.

    Perhaps the delete button is broken?

    December 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Oops, sorry, when I refreshed, they were gone.

    Thank you, nsaidi.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Much appreciated, and gosh girl that was fast! Thank you! And thank you too banasy, for confirming my faith in my ability to read and comprehend what ive read! This thread i mean! 🙂

    December 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    What CNN needs on the server end is an I.P. address block, hidden in javascript. Too many people get away with screen name changes too hard to follow or they change thier email address in an effort to dodge CNN. Too many innocent people are getting stepped on. Even if CNN required a login to blog, I'd oblige to that.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Thanks for the suggestion. We're definitely looking at ways to improve the experience for users and appreciate your ideas. We do also already have a few tools to help us figure out who is doing what, on the back-end.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. TCR C2

    Its just a matter of time now that our men and women are deployed to iran or some place close to there to fight! Its sad to see this happen so quickly if not at all , these people (soldiers) need a break from the blood shed from the past several years, im not a religious person but, a six foot sea of blood is right at our back door. For all the people in this world hang on for a rough ride. Not only will we be at war with iran soon , but this will be a ww3 with multiple countries involved , its sad to say but what ever happened to world peace ? Im terrified of a nuclear confrontation with another country, for my daughters my x wife , and family, and friends. If war did not exist this world would be a much better place to live. God help us.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
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