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Iran and Our Long, Hot, Summer

July 20, 2019

The heat wave drenching the United States last week is only one part of our long, hot, summer. The hottest aspect of American life involves Iran. Tensions between the U.S., the United Kingdom and Iran got hotter when Iran interdicted two British freighters in the Strait of Hormuz. The UK began by capturing an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar alleging that it was shipping oil to Syria.

Knowledge of the UK by the Islamic radicals in control of Iran may be quite limited, but they will recall the Falkland War in which British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher went to war to keep the Falklands from Argentina’s attempts to take it back. The Argentine military junta then in power believed that Islas Malvinas was theirs and went to war to get them back.

England is an island and “island peoples” become aggressive when threatened or attacked. That contributes to the fierceness and discipline of the British military.  In short, the Iranian Mullahs better not fool around with the British.

Our military academy-trained President understands that and has authorized Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to lessen tensions. Though President Trump has rejected a faulty treaty negotiated with Iran by President Obama, and retained Josh Bolton as his National Security Advisor, for now, President Trump is attempting to avoid war with Iran.

Our President, a moderate? Our long, hot, Summer could get much hotter very quickly.

 

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