Iran not messing around these days. The Islamic Republic is in perhaps the best position it has ever been.
All the present allegations concerning Iran’s warlike intentions, and shades-of-subterfuge-flying-colours, make the situation somewhat ironic, and go further towards providing a moral high ground for the Iranians. They are also an opportunity for politicians and demagogues alike to show their true colours, if politicians actually have any.
Hard core Republicans, who never served in the US military, should know that these are the same people who took power as a result of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Therefore they know the capabilities of the US when its bluff is called. They have also shown for 40 years that calling that bluff can gain it political and financial advantages which US allies, who seek the same thing through their associations, envy.
We will begin not from what we are supposed to know from the media, but from the reaction to Iran’s alleged involvement in the burning of Saudi oil via its so-called proxies. What evidence is there to support this notion? Where does it come from? If Iran did not do it, who did?
Firstly, let’s look at Trump’s Tweet: “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”
What am I missing here – “waiting for verification from the Kingdom”, as if they want to ask the fox guarding the chicken house what actually transpired? So the Saudis are going to say that, despite all the support the US and other states has given them over the years, they were unable to repel the very enemy these arms were allegedly designed to protect them from? The Saudi monarchy would be the first victim of such an admission, given what has happened in other countries in the region.
The Saudis should be happy, as this attack is what was needed to raise the world price of oil to a level they can come closer to breaking even.