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The world is still reeling in horror from the deadly Sri Lanka bombings that may have been the work of Islamic State madmen. Poor Sri Lanka has suffered so much after three decades of civil war and communal strife. We weep for this beautiful and once gentle nation.

But behind the horror in Sri Lanka, a huge crisis was building up of which the world has so far taken insufficient notice: renewed tensions in the oil-producing Gulf. This is the latest attempt by the United States to crush Iran’s independent-minded government and return it to American tutelage.

The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war. In 1941, America’s cut-off of oil to Japan provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states. Brazen threats against Iran by Trump’s two main enforcers, National Security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reinforced America’s unfortunate image as an imperial power that threatens war against disobedient satraps and independent-minded nations.

Iran, a proud, ancient nation of 80 million, has become, with Turkey, the most effective opposition to America’s imperial domination of the Mideast and a key supporter of Palestinian rights and statehood. This has put Iran on a collision course with Israel and its influential American supporters, notably the Evangelical hard right which somehow believes that Jesus will only return to earth after Israel expands its border and mankind is destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration, which has now become indistinguishable from Israel’s hard-line far right ruling coalition, has declared virtual war against Iran.

To benefit Israel, the White House cancelled a $20 billion order from Iran for Boeing aircraft, embargoed trade with Iran, reneged on the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran, cut off all aid to Palestinians, and keeps sustaining the savage Saudi/Emirati war against Yemen that has caused mass starvation and epidemics.

Trump has just unilaterally approved Israel’s illegal seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights, an act worthy of the 1916 Sykes-Picot treaty dividing up the Ottoman Mideast between Britain and France. US threats against Venezuela and Cuba grow louder.

Washington plans to use its naval forces massed around Iran to interdict Tehran’s oil exports. Two US aircraft carriers are now on station within striking range of Iran. I went to sea on one, the ‘Abraham Lincoln.’

China faces dire trade punishments for dealing with Iran. Welcome back to 19th century gunboat diplomacy. Even Washington’s European allies may be scourged for buying Iranian oil.

ORDER IT NOW

Iran, which has faced similar threats in the past, is digging in and threatens to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are interdicted. Twenty percent of the world’s oil passes through the Strait. At its narrowest point, this strategic passage is only 21 miles (34 km) wide.

Iran could seriously interfere with oil tankers in the Strait, using armed speedboats, mines and land-based, Chinese-made missiles. Equally important, insurance rates for tankers would skyrocket. Add all this together, and Trump & Co.’s warlike actions will cause the price of gasoline to surge, just as America’s busy summer driving season is getting underway.

America’s satraps Saudi Arabia (which just cut off the heads of 37 of its subjects) and sidekick the Emirates have promised to make up oil shortfalls, but neighbor Iran’s special forces may have very different ideas. Look for missiles and commando attacks on Saudi oil installations.

Adding to this dangerous mess, Beijing may slow down or even abort its trade talks with Washington, which are of vital importance to the US economy. US markets have already factored in a deal being made.

Trump’s irrational quest to crush Iran could very well turn the rest of the world against Washington. But Trump & Co. don’t seem to care. Someone must tell Trump’s out of control administration to stop trying to overthrow governments it does not like around the globe and promoting itself as the Second Coming of Christ.

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.” Verily.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Alistair says:

    “the Tail is Wagging the Dog”
    America’s foreign policy debacle is the direct result of infiltration and highjacking of the US Government by the Zionist special interest groups who are taking orders from Israeli government.
    As such, regardless America’s vital interests; Benjamin Netanyahu is charge of the US foreign policy in the middle east; all decisions are made in Israel, as if the tail is wagging the dog.

    • Replies: @Longfisher
    , @Moi
  2. “This has put Iran on a collision course with Israel and its influential American supporters, notably the Evangelical hard right which somehow believes that Jesus will only return to earth after Israel expands its border and mankind is destroyed.”

    So many great, young Americans can go and be destroyed in the middle east in order to satisfy this cult’s fantasies.

    OK. Now I get it.

    Perfect lunacy to the point of villainy.

  3. @Alistair

    Not only that, but, the Zionists with the incredible influence in Congress are disenfranchising most American who might oppose their policies.

    My vote doesn’t stand a chance to have any importance against the billions of dollars the Jews pour into Congress. Our representatives “Will Dance With Ones What Brung Them”.

    And, it ain’t you and me, the average American voter as we don’t have the Benjamins, to cite Omar.

  4. ‘…Trump’s irrational quest to crush Iran could very well turn the rest of the world against Washington. But Trump & Co. don’t seem to care. Someone must tell Trump’s out of control administration to stop trying to overthrow governments it does not like around the globe and promoting itself as the Second Coming of Christ…’

    I assume Trump feels his promises to Sheldon Adelson take precedence.

    • Replies: @Realist
  5. anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump has no choice. He’s owned now.

  6. anon[102] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, the Trump Administration, which has now become indistinguishable from Israel’s hard-line far right ruling coalition, has declared virtual war against Iran.

    To benefit Israel, the White House cancelled a $20 billion order from Iran for Boeing aircraft, embargoed trade with Iran, reneged on the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran, cut off all aid to Palestinians, and keeps sustaining the savage Saudi/Emirati war against Yemen that has caused mass starvation and epidemics.

    and all this time i thought trump was all about the jobs

  7. anon19 says:

    Margolis would have been more honest if he blamed Jews rather then Evangelical Christians for this mess.

    • Replies: @anon
  8. Realist says:
    @Colin Wright

    I assume Trump feels his promises to Sheldon Adelson take precedence.

    You can bet on it.

  9. Realist says:

    Margolis would have been more honest if he blamed Jews rather then Evangelical Christians for this mess.

    Evangelical Christians are slobbering sycophants of Jews.

    • Agree: Moi
  10. Unfolding events reveal the pattern of history and our path to Armageddon. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict of the past – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. Because of this desire nations eventually get the war they are trying to avoid: utter defeat. Leaders and decision-makers delude themselves, thinking they can avoid that fateful war – they can’t. States that appear at their strongest can often be at their weakest.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  11. Christian Zionists are the ultimate self-hating white cuckolds.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @anon
  12. Anon[275] • Disclaimer says:

    Does anybody really think that China is going to give up Iranian oil?

  13. Moi says:
    @Alistair

    Nah, it’s the result of American stupidity.

  14. @Fidelios Automata

    They’re so bizarre they don’t even exist…or to put it another way, the “Christian Zionist” designation is an oxymoron.

  15. Anon[818] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe we should push to have this guy impeached in response? Wouldn’t it be “bipartisan” now as Pelosi has said? Would Pence really be worse than this idiot? Unfortunately, though, some of this warmongering is supported by the democrats, especially in Venezuela.

  16. anon[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon19

    What’s the difference?

    • 1 Cor. 5:7 “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
    • Philippians 3:3 “For it is we [Christians] who are the Circumcision.”

    • Replies: @anon19
  17. anon[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    How can on be a Christian without being a Zion-ist?

    • Matthew 21:5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you.”
    • John 12:15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming.”
    • Romans 9:33 “See, I lay in Zion a stone…”
    • Romans 11:26 “The deliverer will come from Zion…”
    • Hebrews 12:22 “Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.”
    • 1 Peter 2:6 “See, I lay a stone in Zion.”
    • Revelation 14:1 “Standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000.”

  18. anon19 says:
    @anon

    There is a difference. Sad you do not see it.

    • Replies: @anon
  19. anon[417] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon19

    Oh, I see the difference. Somebody works hard. Somebody else is owed shekels.

    Romans 15:27 “Gentiles owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”

    Sad you do not see it.

  20. anon[273] • Disclaimer says:

    “promoting itself as the Second Coming of Christ” ?

    Surely you mean the Coming of the Antichrist?
    And in case anyone wishes to know, the bugger’s here now

    They set Notre Dame and the al-Aqsa mosque on fire at the same time to let us know their master has arrived.
    It’s coded in I Pet Goat II

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