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'Six oil tankers and a United States spy drone have been attacked since May in or near the Strait of Hormuz, which has been described as the world’s most important oil choke point.Tankers carry about 18 million barrels of oil per day — or about 20 percent of global oil demand — through the strait, which separates Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Most of the oil exported by Gulf countries is shipped through the narrow waterway. The series of attacks has escalated tensions between the United States and Iran. The United States has blamed Iran for the attacks and nearly launched a retaliatory strike on Thursday.Iran denied it had been behind the naval attacks, but said it had shot down the United States’ drone after it had violated Iranian airspace. The United States said the drone had been over international waters.'

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The Iran crisis is testing Trump's punch-back proclivities.

After Iran downed a U.S. drone, the president had a decision to make: Would he retaliate or back down? Trump approved of a strike before quickly calling it off at the last minute. The president is caught between competing impulses : his desire to put on a tough face, and his aversion to getting the U.S. roped into another conflict. Trump's stance is complicated by the advice he's getting, with Iran hawks like National Security Adviser John Bolton calling for military strikes. The first-this, then-that approach has another effect, Karim Sadjadpour argues: It's increased Tehran's appetite for risk.


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There's an easy solution to all this. Re-instate the agreement with Iran that was sanctioned by the U.N. remove all the ILLEGAL sanctions on Iran, take home U.S. ships based near Iran and cut out the beligerent aggressive threats constantly being made against Iran.

It would appear, many people have very short memories, it was not too long ago the U.S. shot down a civilian Iranian airliner murdering nearly in excess of 400 Iranian citizens. Iran did not declare war against the U.S. whilst the U.S. has never conceeded it's act of war against a foreign nation that had not done anything against the U.S.

Where was/is the compassion and concern from Western nations for the Iranian people's who have been in the bullseye of American. U.K. and Israeli aggression for over 100 years ??????????????

Unlike the rubbish Karim Sadjadpour spouts, Iran is quiet within it's rights under the United Nations Charter, (of which it is a member) to defend it's territory from the aggression being waged against it constantly.

I'd LOVE to see, the afore mentioned Karim, how she/he would respond in similar circumstances.

Submitted on Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019 at 8:05:42 AM

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