Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, there have been a number of incidents where Russian planes or spy ships have come very close to US planes or the US coast. North Korea has launched missile tests into international waters towards US allies and has threatened nuclear war with the US. Now an Iranian missile boat aimed a laser at a US Marine helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz. The laser targeting could be seen as an overt act of aggression and deliberate attempt to provoke the US military ships in the area.
An Iranian missile boat pointed a laser at a U.S. Marine helicopter while two Navy warships and a cargo ship were transiting out of the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, a senior US defense official said.
The laser triggered a response and the U.S. helicopter automatically fired off flares toward the offending vessel.
The Iranian vessel came within 800 yards of the U.S. warships.
Cdr. Bill Urban in a statement called the interaction “unsafe and unprofessional.” …
Congrats to the cool heads of the US military leaders on the US ships at the time of the Iranian laser targeting of the US helicopter. Had they not been cautious in handling the situation, it could have resulted in the sinking of the Iranian boat and possible war with Iran. Perhaps, that is exactly what Iran was hoping for to provoke the US into action that could be used as an excuse for war.