The tension between the United States and Iran isn’t going to go away any time soon. If war were a chess game it would be pretty safe to say that the two countries are slowly feeling each other out while they start to make their opening moves. While the whole world watches the situation between Iran and the United States waiting to see what is going to happen one place that has gained the worlds attention is the Strait of Hormuz. While none of us know what Iran is up to since it has started it’s naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz this week instead of later in the year like it normally would, one thing for certain is Iran has the worlds attention. None of us are ignoring them.
The military maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz that are currently being performed by Iran’s navy normally take place later in the year and are usually highly publicized. If we were in a game of poker it would be safe to say that Iran was holding the cards pretty close to their chest not letting anyone know what they are thinking. The only intelligence concerning the recent actions of Iran’s navy come from U.S. defense officials.
The Strait of Hormuz is a very strategic point from a military point of view. To the west of it is the Persian Gulf and to its east is the Gulf of Oman. From a business stand point that could affect a lot of people the Strait of Hormuz is a major oil shipping waterway. If Iran were to follow through on their threat and close down the Strait of Hormuz it would cause a serious disruption to oil shipments coming from that part of the world and cause gas prices to rise substantially. All it would take to make this happen is for Iran’s navy to attack one oil tanker along the southern shore. It should be noted that 20 percent of the oil that is traded throughout the world pass through the Straight of Hormuz. For decades the Strait of Hormuz has been Iran’s go to move every time they get angry and act out against the world.
As angry as the leaders of Iran were when President Trump first pulled the United States out of the deal that Obama originally agreed to, they will become even angrier in the near future. Starting Monday the sanctions that President Trump has placed against Iran will take effect preventing the purchase of U.S. currency and other goods. These sanctions will take a situation that has caused outrage and protest against the Iran government over the situation that their economy currently finds itself in. As hard as Iran will be hit starting Monday, it will become even worse for the Middle Eastern country in November. The Strait of Hormuz is a place in the world that will allow Iran to inflict pain upon the rest of the world in retaliation for the pain that their own people will be experiencing.
If the world is not careful we will find ourselves in a situation where history repeats itself. Today’s generation of young adults are too young to remember this, but back in the 1980s the situation with Iran was so bad that the U.S. navy had to escort oil tankers through the Strait of Hormuz in order to protect the worlds oil supply. For the time being the situation between the United States and Iran is just a bunch of rhetoric and old men puffing out their chests trying to talk a big game. Iran’s threat to make sure that if they can’t get their oil out of the Strait of Hormuz then nobody will is very real may be rhetoric, but something that is not rhetoric is this. Iran’s navy is currently conducting maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz, and the rest of the world is watching.