Sunday, December 11, 2011
IRAN MUST RETURN THE DRONE NOW OR RISK WAR!
Icheoku says the Iranians should have no option but to return their illegally acquired United States of America drone plane forthwith and they should be made to understand the ramifications of holding out on this. It is called the Chinese example and this is the only meaningful option available to Tehran; which Icheoku expects the State Department, through its Iranian liaison, to drum it into their mullahs' ears. In April 2, 2001, the Chinese navy pilot brushed into the wing of a United States reconnaissance navy plane forcing it to land in China. The American government then under President George Walker Bush demanded forcefully that China return that plane. After an initial blustering bluff, the Chinese, weighing the implication of a United States face-off, returned the plane piggy-backed by a Russian Tupolav cargo plane to America. That is what Icheoku expects of the latest Iranian hold-over of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone operated by the CIA and nothing more.
Also it does not matter how the Iranians got possession of the plane - whether they shot it down, jammed its communications which forced it down or even found it as a treasure trove lying somewhere in the vast Iranian desert following a malfunction; it is incumbent on them to return it forthwith and any contrary position taken by Tehran should be considered an act of war. Icheoku says enough of this recurring Iranian petulant nuisance; if they want to martyr themselves so be it; but the United States must respond forcefully this time around to yet another one of their many provocations. In response to the Iranian position that "No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country," Icheoku says that the Chinese had previously returned a downed US plane and so did Pakistan similarly return a damaged US helicopter used during operation kill Osama Bin Laden in Abotabad, Pakistan. Now if Iran is looking to save face, they can reference China and Pakistan as precedent and return our drone before they pay a heavy price for it. Except of course and as some school of thought posits, the found drone is a Greek gift Trojan horse made available to Iran as part payment on the gathering storm of an almost now inevitable confrontation between it and the United States? But what does anyone really know about the ways of the intelligence service, especially the United States Central Intelligence Agency; otherwise, why was the drone not rigged to self-destruct upon malfunction?