Take Action: US Navy Calling Persian Gulf “Arabian Gulf”

Persian Gulf

The US Navy has officially instructed its personnel they must refer to the Persian Gulf as the “Arabian Gulf.”

This is an ethnically divisive, politically charged, and historically inaccurate propaganda term borrowed from the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.  The Navy’s official use of this term will only exacerbate tensions in the Middle East.

Take action now to call for Defense Secretary Robert Gates to correct this immediately.

Cables released by Wikileaks show that tensions in the Middle East are dangerously high, with US allies reportedly urging for US military action against Iran.  But now the Navy is going along with a term that provokes ethnic divisions and plays politics with history. 

The Persian Gulf has been known by this name for 2,500 years.  It has been the longstanding recognition of the US Government that “Persian Gulf” is the correct name for this body of water.  The term “Arabian Gulf” first appeared fifty years ago as Pan-Arabism propaganda and was later used by Saddam Hussein to exploit ethnic rivalries in support of his regional ambitions.

In the past, NIAC has led efforts to press the Department of Defense to use the correct term for the Persian Gulf and has taken on Google, National Geographic, and the State Department on this matter.

Take action today by sending a message to Defense Secretary Gates: The Persian Gulf is NOT the Arabian Gulf and the US should not adopt propaganda and provoke instability in the Middle East>>

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