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messy
artist, writer, adventurer
11:07 AM on 03/17/2013
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest lake. IT can't go anywhere but Russia or Azerbaijan. Putin should be thrilled at this provocation.
02:17 PM on 03/17/2013
Putin knows that it is not against them. They have 10 times more ships there (including 5-10 destroyers).
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messy
artist, writer, adventurer
07:12 PM on 03/17/2013
Not in the Caspian they don't.
02:19 PM on 03/17/2013
Your comment is, of course, simply hasbara hate propaganda. One little frigate is no "provocation" to Russia. The frigate's purpose is to help defend against Israeli or US attacks from Azerbaijan, which is an Israeli "client" state.
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messy
artist, writer, adventurer
07:13 PM on 03/17/2013
You'd better tell the Azerbaijanis, the Israelis and the US as they don't know that.
11:06 AM on 03/17/2013
Sink it!
02:18 PM on 03/17/2013
Why me?! You do it yourself.
02:20 PM on 03/17/2013
You are, I take it, a proponent of WAR CRIMES? That is what you just said you are.
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heikhali
11:03 AM on 03/17/2013
The "top 20" UN members are all international bullies, military & small arms purveyors, and have massive national military capabilities.
Iran, North Korea, & India, among others want the international influence and income of the "top 20."
The missile capability of this "destroyer" is most threatening, especially, if armed with nuclear war heads or chemical/biological war heads.
Iran is another bully on the rise in a world of bullies.
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cborgia
I throw my enemies in the Tiber
12:16 PM on 03/17/2013
India is a giant country on the way up, and Indian culture made huge contributions to world culture. Putting it in the same category as North Korea reveals a lack of any understanding of history, geography, or politics. Iran (Persia) isn't remotely comparable to either. Who do you imagine they'll threaten in the Caspian Sea? The Russians? The Iraqis? I suspect that they put in a landlocked sea to keep it away from the US navy. It's a kid's rubber toy in a bathtub.
02:31 PM on 03/17/2013
Just who is Iran going to "bully" in the Caspian? Russia? LOL A Cub Scout with a sling-shot could beat up Azerbaijan - until Israel or the US base there.

So, the frigate is defensive.

Your comment about nuclear weapons is specious since the ONLY Middle Eastern state with nuclear weapons is Israel, which also has biological and chemical weapons.
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heikhali
09:26 PM on 03/17/2013
Pinkie & the Brain.
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11:00 AM on 03/17/2013
NATO has 100 warships in the Persian Gulf and no one cares, but when Iran commissions its 6 frigate (this is a frigate not a destroyer) everyone believes its an act of warmongering by Iran.
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hiker326
Welcome to the island of Misfit Toys.
11:31 AM on 03/17/2013
"Everyone" doesn't think this is an act of warmongering. I for one find in humorous, and a tad pathetic. It doesn't mention it in the article, but they have 200 Iranians with oars powering this deadly warship. Poor guys probably don't even get a 15 minute break.
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113
Secular Humanist. I have faith in humanity.
12:18 PM on 03/17/2013
LMFAO 100% agreed. This is just funny.

I think Bill Gates could build a yacht more capable than that oversized lifeboat.
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voltarc2002
Learn from the past. people died for our rights
02:10 PM on 03/17/2013
I like that thats a good one. It actually made me laugh
10:56 AM on 03/17/2013
And the sanctions are working well I see....
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04:05 PM on 03/17/2013
sanctions are crushing the people and leaving the government free
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10:51 AM on 03/17/2013
....And what says peace and love more than a destroyer bristling with weaopns??
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seanbeam
non brainwashed zone
11:27 AM on 03/17/2013
hmmm good question we should be asking the american 5th fleet ...dont you think ?
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desert warrior
Unu lingvo neniam sufiĉas
12:07 PM on 03/17/2013
the 5th is there in case Iran tries to blockade the straights of Hormuz; if they succeeded there is a chance your lights would not come one when you throw the switch, no gasoline for your SUV or power boat...
02:42 PM on 03/17/2013
Don't you know that it's the Manifest Destiny of the Judeo-Christian knuckle-draggers to rule the world?

That sort of Amurrycan has no desire to process information. They want pumping from Fox News and the Military Channel and the NASCAR channel.
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GarethJonesLives
תיקון עולם
02:43 PM on 03/17/2013
Surrounding a country on all sides with tens of thousands of troops while dozens of your war ships patrol off their coast?
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Mambo Racine
10:47 AM on 03/17/2013
This is such a waste. They can not hope to stand against NATO forces in conventional warfare. Their own people are starving. Yet they spend this money, on one boat, and it's not much more than a propaganda stunt.
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Danish5666
What makes life worthwhile isn't measured by GDP
11:52 AM on 03/17/2013
16 million children in the US are faced with food insecurity
http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx

And the 2012 military spending in the US is $689,591,000,000
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Mambo Racine
02:56 PM on 03/17/2013
THANK YOU! I was just saying that to Shomali, how likewise in the USA, spending lots of money on a military when people are hungry, is a wrong priority.
12:29 PM on 03/17/2013
"Their own people are starving." Where did you get that from? Were you on AOL and moved to HP?
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Mambo Racine
02:54 PM on 03/17/2013
Population below poverty line: 18.7% (2007 est.) It's worse now. I think it's safe to say that if one in five of your people is living below the Iranian poverty line, which is pretty low to begin with, then spending gazillions on a warship is a wrong priority. When this happens in the USA, we consider these priorities wrong too, don't we?
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
10:45 AM on 03/17/2013
Claims the destroyer is to build Peace and Friendship. Sounds like Iran has taken a page from the US' songbook
11:44 AM on 03/17/2013
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT! Bring them to the courts to punish them for this.
12:45 PM on 03/17/2013
More like a bad copy of the old Soviet hymnal smh
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BogosJr
USMC/3531
10:42 AM on 03/17/2013
did you see all the OARS in the water...
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seanbeam
non brainwashed zone
11:38 AM on 03/17/2013
yeah i saw em oars....it read something inscribed on them from the old hebrew book...something like...'david this isnt phillistines...dont you try another invasion..you will not survive'
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04:02 PM on 03/17/2013
6 years ago this week, 16 british sailor were a few hundred yards inside iranian waters. their boats were backed by the most sophisticated british frigate and at least one helicopter.

In a short period of time iranian coast guard boats arrested all the sailors and brought them back to shore. if the british frigate or the helicopter fired even one shot towards iran, they would be at the bottom of the persian gulf and they knew it.
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chuckpullium
W. Carolina hillbilly
10:32 AM on 03/17/2013
How many oarsmen are used to propel it?
10:31 AM on 03/17/2013
I love it it was deployed to bolster peace and friendship in the area.
10:56 AM on 03/17/2013
Sounds like they got smart and used our words. Pretty soon they're gonna have training exercises there.
11:06 AM on 03/17/2013
We live in an Orwellian world.
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desert warrior
Unu lingvo neniam sufiĉas
12:07 PM on 03/17/2013
well said! war is peace, hate is love...
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10:20 AM on 03/17/2013
It will make a nice reef.
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Jimmy 61762
10:14 AM on 03/17/2013
It would be amusing to watch a drone take out this pride of the Iranian navy.
11:04 AM on 03/17/2013
Like the drone they captured?
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Jimmy 61762
11:52 AM on 03/17/2013
So they say,
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seanbeam
non brainwashed zone
11:40 AM on 03/17/2013
as long as the drone controller remembers the battle of david and goliath...it would be certainly an interesting take !
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Jimmy 61762
01:07 PM on 03/17/2013
Today ,we use rifles,i don't care how big you are,you go down.
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GarethJonesLives
תיקון עולם
02:47 PM on 03/17/2013
Drones are only useful against goat herders with rifles. They're absolutely worthless against any force with even rudimentary radar and surface to air missiles. You guys have been fighting unarmed countries and civilians so long, you're going to be in for a rude awakening when you fight an actual military.