By: Mir M.Hosseini
Iranian forces seized control of Greater and Lesser Tunb Islands in the Persian Gulf. Since then, Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa Islands have been administered under the province of Hormozgan.
Reference to the Greater Tunb as a Persian island is found in the12th century Farsnameh of Balkhi. In the context of Persian Empire; all islands in the north of the Persian Gulf were rightly Persian although some were inhabited by tribes with Arab descent. Starting from the 18th century, European colonists with Britain on top of the list, in an attempt to exploit the region have observed a "divide and rule policy" that has created "regions of dispute" all over the Middle East. Awareness among Iranians stopped them short of doing their infamous slave trade as they did in Africa. At that time British ships were sailing across the world with millions of slave human souls in chain.
The British hegemony deprived Iran from having naval units in the Persian Gulf to the extent that she could not practice her sovereignty over Persian Gulf islands.
After abolition of slave trade in England and awakening in India, the British government lost a great amount of its free labor and resources and thus had no choice but to reduce its naval forces beyond Suez in 1968. Iranians were watching the Old Fox carefully.
On Nov, 30, 1971 at dawn Iranian Navy departed from Bandar Lengeh and waited at a distance from the occupied Persian Gulf Islands while a Hovercraft swiftly disembarked on the Abu Musa Island. With support of Iranian helicopters patrolling the airspace, the island's military post was quickly captured.
The archipelago islands of the Persian Gulf were thus returned to the motherland after 80 years of occupation by invading British forces.
Today Iran is the only country with a strong naval presence in the Persian Gulf while the United States is walking on footsteps of its founding slave-traders seeking illicit sources to fund its expensive overseas operations. As a result, anti-American sentiments are very strong in the region especially among proud Iranians who also happen to be the only Middle East nation that do not accept foreign soldiers on their soil.