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War in the Persian Gulf

October 04, 1987

I'm having trouble reconciling two recent current events:

- The United States violates international law and places mines off of Nicaragua.

- The United States fires on an Iranian ship placing mines in the Persian Gulf, citing Iranian violation of international law.

Maybe it's because the President and the ayatollah are so much alike they can't get along on a personal level.

Maybe the President simply forgot we had mined Nicaragua.

Maybe he thought he was talking to South Africa's prime minister when he said, "Shoot the miners."

Maybe Pogo was right: "We have met the enemy and he is us."


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