Tuesday, March 14, 2006


The Strait of
Hormuz (تنگه هرمز in Persian) is a narrow, strategically important stretch of ocean between the Gulf of Oman in the southeast and the Persian Gulf in the southwest. On the north coast is Iran (Persia) and on the south coast is the United Arab Emirates and an exclave of Oman.

The strait at its narrowistis 21 miles wide [1], having two 1 mile wide channels for marine traffic separated by a 2 mile wide buffer zone [2], and is the only sea passage to the open ocean for large areas of the petroleum exporting Persian Gulf States.
In ancient times Hormuz was a fortress that controlled the maritime traffic through these straits, just as Dubai can do today. Iran is next on the list for US occupation, and the UAE will be the fortress that insures that the shipping of oil will not be interupted.

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