Iranians Held Hostage by Pirates, Liberated by US Navy
‘It is like you were sent by God,’ said Mr. Rehman, huddled under a blanket in this vessel’s stern. ‘Every night we prayed for God to rescue us. And now you are here.’
In a naval action that mixed diplomacy, drama and Middle Eastern politics, the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis broke up a high-seas pirate attack on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, then sailors from an American destroyer boarded the pirates’ mother ship and freed 13 Iranian hostages who had been held captive there for more than a month.
I doubt this will make headlines in Iran, although I do think it will remind the rest of the world that we are indeed sympathetic to help whomever in times of need and that our “influence” in the world can be positive.