Iran reportedly just tried to seize a British oil tanker and only failed to do so because a British warship approached and threatened to fire on the Iranian gunboats.
Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.
The British warship was said to have been less than 5 miles behind the tanker but soon intercepted the Iranian boats and threatened to open fire. A manned U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was above as well, the official said, adding that Iranian forces left without opening fire.
Navy Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said the military was aware of the reported actions. He added, “Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global prosperity.”
All this chicanery with Iran is getting ridiculous. The only people who gain from a war with Iran are the Israelis and the Saudis.
Would it be so hard to engage in diplomacy? There is no need for this insanity.
Iran is denying that they attempted to seize the ship and considering the track record of these ZOG military forces, I would believe the Iranians version of the story over ZOG’s version. But ultimately, I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened here.