With the world convinced that Iran is being an aggressor, tensions are running high. Things haven’t been this tense since Syria’s last chemical attack that led to the U.S. and Russia facing off. But will this iteration of international chess between Russia and the U.S. end so easily?
Senator Tom Cotton doesn’t think so. In fact, he believes that it’s time for the US to initiate a “retaliatory military strike” against Iran.
Iran has been a problem in the middle east ever since its revolution in 1979. Back in 2015, the big international problem was Iranian nuclear aspirations, and that hasn’t gone away.
Iran’s aggressive behavior is the cause of the latest round of tension. Iran’s recent attack on a civilian oil tanker has drastically escalated tensions within the last several days.
Fortune reports that Commander Sean Kido, an explosives expert at the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said: “The limpet mine that was used in the attack is distinguishable and it’s also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades.”
The U.S. Navy has compelling evidence against Iran. The straight of Hormuz is being threatened, and international shipping is a giant cog of the global economy. Ensuring safe travel in that area is critical for all first world nations.
Call to action
This continued aggression has made many enemies for Iran, and any further attacks may amount to being the final straw. Calls for retaliation are already beginning to arise.
American Military News reports:
“Sen. Tom Cotton says the U.S. military should strike Iran in retaliation for attacking two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. “These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike,” Cotton said.”
In the face of Iran’s attacks on civilian cargo ships, the sentiment is understandable. However, the problem goes deeper than just attacking cargo ships.
“A spokesperson for the Iranian government says the country will break the uranium stockpile limits set by the Iran Nuclear Agreement in the next 10 days.”
This is a truly insane and worrisome development. Iran is basically throwing out the nuclear agreement set in 2015.
Once again, the nuclear problem is coming to the forefront of international politics. The U.S. and its western allies vs. Russia-backed Iran. If Iran continues to push the envelope, Trump may have no other choice than to retaliate and put Iran back in its place.