Awhile back an American naval vessel went dead in the water near Iran by some type of mechanical failure. Luckily, our friends the Iranians rescued our sailors. But they were so happy to see the sailors they forced them on to the deck on their knees with hands behind their heads. They distributed pictures to their citizens and the world as if boasting of capturing these American soldiers by their own military genius.

But when they returned the American soldiers to the U.S. They missed their American POWs very much. Faced by the loneliness of leadership and the pain of separation, they came up with the therapeutic idea of hiring Iranian B grade actors to dress up like these American sailors.

To keep a sense of realism to their ingenious work of cinematic art, the Iranian government put these actors onto a parade float and…well…paraded them through the streets of Iran. To top off these actors portrayal of the American soldiers they had ‘rescued’, they had the fake/faux soldiers assume the same position they had forced the Americans into, on their knees and hands behind their heads.

Iran, a country who fought an 8 year war with Iraq, ending in stalemate, so elated that they had their American sailors back, drove these actors through the streets to boast of their domination of the Americans to their people.

Do we dare tempt the Iranians into war, having been reminded of this incident? Say we send in an invading force of Marines: Iranians could potentially meet us with actors playing Marines on parade floats. Faced with the might of these Iranian actors, our Marines could be forced into retreat, perhaps even hit from behind by horrendously incompetent Shakespearian actors determined to portray a hacked version of Othello to prove English literature as inferior to their own, immediately altering the outcome of this theater of operations.

So the Iranian situation is filled with complications. But within each conflict lies a potential for opportunity. We have within the walless borders of our country a hoard of terrible American actors who threaten to leave the U.S. Every 4 years or so.

Send these Hollywood elite into Iran as the first wave of an American invasion? A tempting thought!

Donald Standeford

5 thoughts on “Iran’s Military ‘Mite’

  1. Brilliant writing, Donald, as the majority of things written by you I have read and am reading right now. I so love the second book you so kindly sent me, “A Discordant String in God’s Harp”. I hope to get a response from you some day. I am missing your company in the wondrous realms of wordpress.com. Sending you much LOVE, STRENGTH and PEACE – Marta from the MOMENTS blog

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      1. You are welcome kindly. By the way, last week I finished reading your book “A Discordant String in God’s Harp”. I really enjoyed all your short stories and poems. Love “Christina, my Thumbelina”, such a beautifully written and heartfelt tribute to your daughter! The whole book made me think a lot about life and our existence. Your personal story and deep reflections about it touched my heart. You definitely have a fighter’s nature and are an excellent writer. This book is compilation of many different stories, topics, writing styles and perspectives. One as a reader immediately sees you have read lots of books throughout your life. Your vocabulary and expression are rich and elaborate. You are able to write in the first, third person, etc, from a male or female point of view; you can write very lyrically, philosophically or with sense of humor as in the stories with your clothes’ buttons and thus turn the ordinary into extraordinary. The last story about that kid’s horrible bullying experience is very moving. It made me cry. Also, I love your reflections about the middle road being erased and having just two ways to choose: the one that leads to self-destruction or the roughest one that means salvation. This dilemma reminded me a bit of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road not Taken”.

        I am writing all this with my phone, so excuse me if I make some mistakes.

        Thank you again for letting me read this marvelous book and also for helping my friend Mario Savioni writing such profound comments to him. So glad we have crossed paths in WP. Much Love to you and to Joyce 🌈🌞🌿❤

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