Tanker attacks Gulf of Oman 13/6/19

I'm imagining my own country (Canada) getting its arm twisted by the US into going to war to support a country (Saudi Arabia) who have declared they are not fond of us, have broken off diplomatic relations, expelled our ambassador, and have instituted a trade embargo against us.

We pulled our embassy out of Iran in 2012, so there's no love lost on that side either.

I don't have any illusions about either side being innocent or blameless. I don't however want to see a war kick off in the Persian Gulf as that could potentially have untold consequences for the world economy at a time when things are looking very wobbly on the economic front. No doubt champagne corks would be popping in Calgary at the thought of such a war, but I'm looking at the bigger picture and it doesn't look pretty.

There are a few people who say that the Americans could just spend a few weeks dropping bombs on Iran and then declare victory and go home for tea and medals, but I have no confidence that the Iranians would be willing to leave it at that.

We don't have to humour these idiots forever, just keep the lid on for a few more decades until we don't need their oil any more. After that they're welcome to kill each other to their heart's content.
We'll always need their oil for one thing or another and they'll probably own the alternate sources in a few decades as well.
 
Seeing the photo of the Iranian president using a Microsoft Surface raised a smile

Dependent on American technology, that must really hurt
 
Seeing the photo of the Iranian president using a Microsoft Surface raised a smile

Dependent on American technology, that must really hurt
Isn't there a ban on shipping American tech to Iran? I remember a while back looking at piles of computer/networking gear that all had prominent warnings on them that they were not to be shipped to Iran, Cuba and a bunch of other places.
 
The Ayatollah's trying to get his own back for RM getting a bit tasty in the Med' last week, then...?
 
Nothing to see here. Ops normal for ‘active endeavour’ type gulf ops. Maritime equivalent of ‘RAF chase russian out of UK airspace”.
Happened quite a lot during my time- just didn’t make the news.
 
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Did the Navy throw their iPods at them just incase..
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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Isn't there a ban on shipping American tech to Iran? I remember a while back looking at piles of computer/networking gear that all had prominent warnings on them that they were not to be shipped to Iran, Cuba and a bunch of other places.
Certainly IBM has a long list of proscribed countries.
 
Things may have changed, but it used to be that RN ships accompanied merchant ships rather than escorted them in such circumstances . To "escort" had, as I recall, a technical and legal difference.
 
They did this the other year with a Yank Tanker. Its all normal jogging for the most part...
 

Nemesis44UK

LE
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Its one of ours and the RN should have sent a message. Failure to apply some force with these people at a time of our choosing is a mistake and the next time will be likely not in our favour.
You know it's not as simple as that. There are clear rules of engagement that have been set and if there was a chance to de-escalate the situation, then the RN should've and did take it.

The alternative would be the RN captain in a court martial (or whatever the squids have) for unlawful killing.
 

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