Tensions between the United States and Iran have reached a point where they have lost respect for each other. Iran is now openly expressing its anger towards the US, making it clear that they want the US to stay out of the Middle East. They believe that the US should leave the region alone.
However, the US doesn’t seem ready to back down. Reports are suggesting that the US has taken provocative action by increasing the number of oil shipments passing through the Strait of Hormuz. This move is seen as a sign of escalation. But what’s even more concerning is that the US might be involved in smuggling Iran’s oil with the help of oil smugglers.
This situation is worrisome because it shows that both countries are engaging in risky actions that could further escalate the tensions between them. Iran wants the US to leave the Middle East, while the US seems determined to maintain its presence and influence in the region.
The Oil Dilemma
In a recent incident, there was a collision between an oil tanker called the Richmond Voyager and an Iranian vessel. Iran claimed that it had a court order to seize the tanker after the collision. This event was part of a larger mission by Iran to seize oil tankers involved in illegal activities.
Just two weeks ago, Iran announced that it had seized another oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. This was the second incident of its kind in the region within a week. Tensions between Iran and the United States have been ongoing, and these incidents add to the existing tension.
Earlier, the U.S. Navy had prevented Iran from taking control of two tankers. However, it seems that Iran is now taking action to increasingly amend its authority over the region and seizing tankers involved in what it considers illegal businesses.
A Bold Escalation
As a result, the United States is now sending some fighter jets to the Strait of Hormuz. They want to protect ships from Iran, who have been taking them without permission. A senior US defense official said this in a news report. Biden administration will be sending F-16 and F-35 fighter jets to the Gulf region over the weekend.
These planes will join the A-10 attack aircraft that have been watching over the area for more than a week. The US is doing this because they are worried and want to keep their oil supplies safe.
Even in the past, Tehran and Washington have been involved in back-and-forth actions. For instance, last year, the US tried to take control of Iranian oil near Greece. As a response, Iran seized two Greek tankers and kept them for several months. Eventually, Greece’s highest court ordered the oil cargo to be returned to Iran, and the Greek vessels were also released.
So yes, US and Iran ain’t having a good time together. However, US’ latest bid against Iran is just going to worsen things even more. Biden is seeking some sort of skirmish in the Strait of Hormuz. But is it worth it? Some people think it might only lead to humiliation.
Iran has made it clear that it is prepared to take any necessary measures to safeguard its waters and protect its interests. With the potential for further confrontations in the future, the situation remains unpredictable. There is a sense of uncertainty surrounding how the Biden administration will handle Iran’s actions since the US has gone all in against Russia already.
Will Biden be able to effectively address the challenges and prevent any potential faltering in the face of Iran’s stance? The answer remains unclear, and the world watches closely as the dynamics unfold.