The Iranian government is upset at sanctions being imposed due to their nuclear weapon program and decided to threaten nations of the world. Habibollah Sayyari, head of the Iranian navy, issued a warning that if sanctions were imposed his nation would take armed action. “Closing the Strait of Hormuz for Iranian armed forces is really easy… or as Iranians say, it will be easier than drinking a glass of water.” All too often, as former dictator Muammar Gaddafi learned, making boasts to satisfy one’s ego is relatively easy, like drinking a glass of water. Of course, when one confronts the Fifth Fleet with its 22 naval vessels, one might not even down a gulp of that glass of water.
Iranian leaders are playing to the crowd. The problem of a dictatorship is that leaders slip into a world of fantasy. It is relatively easy to beat up a crowd of unarmed people, almost as easy as drinking a glass of water. But, facing a well armed modern navy with powerful fire power is not as easy as drinking a glass of water. It is more akin to trying to down fifteen bottles of vodka at one sitting.
Iran had better remember Gaddafi.