Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's ravings about unleashing death and destruction upon the earth to celebrate the anniversary of Muhammad's midnight ride to heaven and hell on his centaur Buraq have proven to be just more of his usual gaseous rhetorical excesses.
Instead of incinerating Tel Aviv or New York, the power and might of the Iranian armed forces instead fell on one lone Romanian oil rig:
Romania said Iranian troops opened fire from a warship and seized a Romanian oil rig Tuesday off the coast of Iran, holding its workers in an incident stemming from a commercial dispute.
Sergiu Medar, a national security adviser to Romanian President Traian Basescu, said the seizure resulted from a commercial dispute Iran is treating "in an extreme way." He gave no details.
Romania's Foreign Ministry called on Iranian authorities to immediately free Romanian crew members being held by the troops who took over the rig. The rig operator said seven Indian crew members had been released but 20 Romanians were still detained.
"We are dealing with a commercial dispute that is being treated in an extreme way by the Iranian authorities," Medar told Realitatea TV. He added that Iranian authorities had not confirmed the incident. Iranian officials and state media offered no immediate statements.
The company that operates the rig was in Iranian courts earlier this year over a dispute involving another one of its oil rigs, the Romanian financial weekly Saptamana Financiara has reported.
I would remind the Iranian government that Romanians have had their ways of dealing with arrogant Islamic interlopers in the past:
Source: Washington Post