28 September 2018   Leave a comment

Iran has openly accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the attack on the parade of Revolutionary Guards on 22 September. At the same time it announced that it had killed four militants on the Iranian-Pakistani border who Iran believes were involved in the attack.  The moves come after a strong push by the US and Israel against Iran in the United Nations General Assembly meeting.  The US is also trying to mobilize Arab states in the Middle East into an Anti-Iran alliance.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an ‘Arab NATO’ that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance.

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in New York with foreign ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to advance the project. The State Department said Pompeo had stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations as well ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, securing Iraq and ‘stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.'”

There is little evidence that Iran, a nation committed to Shia Islam, is working the the Islamic State, a group committed to Sunni Islam.  The fact that Mr. Pompeo seems not to know that Iran has been fighting the Islamic State in Syria since 2011, as has been the the US, is incredible. 

The US and its allies have been quietly and slowly ratcheting up military pressure on China in the South China Sea.   The British sent the warship HMS Albion into the Sea and Japan sent a submarine.  He French have indicated that they are willing to send a warship in the contested area as well.  The US has sent two B-52 bombers through the region, asserting the right to navigate in international airspace.   In response, China refused to allow the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, to dock in the port of Hong Kong.   The moves come against the backdrop of a deepening trade war and heated rhetoric over a second arms deal with Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province. 

Posted September 28, 2018 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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