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ADDENDA: SPARKS OF WAR IN THE PERSIAN GULF?

In that article  , published two days ago,  I have moved up the question if the arrest of Iranian ship in Gibraltar by the Royal Navy has been an ‘ independent” action of London or “ mutually agreed”  with Washington. The text  is the following:
 
Deep turmoil” / In the Persian Gulf area/  had an initial point which has been an option of UK government : the Iranian ship detained by Royal Navy in Gibraltar, so to say UK being self-involved in an international issue which Royal Navy does not have the capacity to solve by itself[1].  We have to guess : that act  was done in order to support ( even mutually agreed ) the Iran offensive line of Trump administration – constant and increased pressure- or to provoke Tehran to react and to escalate  the tension in the Persian Gulf ? 
 
            Of course,  I have tried in such a way ( read also the footnote )  to bring the readers to evaluate themselves if there was an understanding between London and Washington to launch a new phase of the crisis  putting more pressure on Tehran and also attempting  to associate  European Union- London legitimized the arrest of the Iranian ship with the argument  that , transporting oil to Syrian Assad regime, it contradicts  the sanctions of EU.  I have behaved like that because I have no documentary evidence in that regard although I have been inclined to believe such logic of events.
 
          Now we have that documentary evidence:
 
 
 
 
 
„ In May/2019-o.n./ , the leading British general in the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq disputed White House claims of an increased Iranian threat. But the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, sided with Washington against his own military officer on the ground. Unlike its European partners, Britain joined the US in swiftly blaming Iran for the subsequent attacks on Gulf shipping. And when Washington urged London to seize an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar this month, the British obliged.
London says that the tanker was taking Iranian oil to Syria in defiance of EU sanctions. Other European capitals were unimpressed by the claim, and Tehran flatly denied it, accusing the UK of piracy and threatening to impound a British tanker in response. It failed in its first attempt, prompting Hunt to announce that the UK would send an additional destroyer to bulk up the Royal Navy’s presence in the Gulf, but appears to have succeeded in its second attempt last Friday. By acceding to Washington’s demands to seize the Iranian tanker off Gibraltar, London has accelerated the drive to a war it does not want.
If Britain has been weak so far, it is set to get weaker still. The economic fallout from a no deal Brexit will leave Britain on its knees and – in its desperation for a trade deal with the US – even less willing or able to resist Washington’s demands.” ( our bolds )
         For more details I invite the readers  to access the article with the title:  The British Obliged, published by David Wearing on the blog of the prestigious British review „ London Review of Books” on July 22, 2019 (https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2019/july/the-british-obliged?utm_source=LRB+blog+email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190730+blog&utm_content=ukrw_nonsubs_blog)

 

July 31, 2019
 
[1] According to some views , Royal Navy has diminished dramatically in the last decades ( “the Royal Navy has lost more than 40 percent of its fleet, that stood at more than 130 ships. Today’s Royal Navy numbers fewer than 80 ships.  “ since eighties )  , and today has the capability to develop low-end maritime operation. An expert explained: “The UK’s strategy, if you look at their most recent [Strategic Defense and Security Review], they say is that ‘Our job is to plug into a U.S.-led force in support of some larger operation, whether that is against a great power or against someone like a Libya,’ /…/ And they’ve designed a Navy and a force that’s like a small version of the U.S. Military, with the idea that they plug that in to the US military. And that led them to pursue those two aircraft carriers, submarines, and if you look on the ground, they’ve got some really high-end units, but they’re really small. They are designed to plug in.” David B. Larter, In a naval confrontation with Iran, Great Britain can find neither ships nor friends, in ‘ Defense News’ , July 25, 2019-https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2019/07/25/in-a-naval-confrontation-with-iran-great-britain-can-find-neither-ships-nor-friends/
 

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