Iran is itching for a fight. And if it continues to do so, it’s going to get one.
From Jon Rogers and Holly Christodoulou’s article for London’s Daily Sun:
A BRITISH oil tanker with 23 crew on board has been seized by Iranian troops in the Gulf, the country’s state TV said.
The Government’s Cobra committee is holding an emergency meeting in Whitehall tonight after the Stena Impero was halted in the Strait of Hormuz by what the ship’s owners called a “hostile action”
A second oil tanker, the the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, turned sharply north towards Iran’s coast on Friday afternoon after passing westward through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf, according to Refinitiv tracking data.
Iranian state-controlled TV claimed its had seized the ship because it was “violating international maritime rules”.
It comes days after a Royal Navy ship HMS Montrose warned off Revolutionary Guard troops in speedboats who tried to board a BP tanker.
I don’t know what Iran thinks this is going to accomplish, other than starting a war that it can not and will not win. This, therefore, ;eads to what, it would seem, is a logical speculation that Iran wants this war and thinks it does have something to gain by fighting it.
If the UK decides to answer back with decisive military action, you can bet the United States will, at the very least, support that effort. But – and here’s where things get very, very interesting – we two nations won’t be the only ones.
Iran’s threat to the Middle East has created a tenuous, but nonetheless existing “alliance” of sorts between a number of Gulf countries, including and Saudi Arabia, Qatar among others…and Israel.
Incredible as it may seem, Iran’s bellicosity just might cement that relationship…which – when coupled with the treaties Israel already has successfully forged with Egypt and Jordan – would put the Jewish state on dramatically stronger footing with its neighbors than ever in its history.
This will, no doubt, devastate the ilhan omar’s of the world. But for the rest of us it seems like a pretty thick silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud.
I wait, with considerable trepidation, to see where, and how hard, the next foot will drop.