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A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

Patrick Buchanan on

A week ago, the MT Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker managed by a U.K.-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sailing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, was struck by drones.

A British security guard and Romanian crew member were killed.

Britain and the U.S. immediately blamed Iran, and the Israelis began to beat the war drums.

Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said action against Iran should be taken "right now."

Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Israel could "act alone." "They can't sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East -- that's over," said Bennett. "We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone."

Wednesday, Gantz ratcheted it up, "Now is the time for deeds -- words are not enough. ... It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue."

 

Thursday, Gantz went further: "Israel is ready to attack Iran, yes. ... We are at a point where we need to take military action against Iran. The world needs to take action against Iran now."

And what do the Americans say?

"We are confident that Iran conducted this attack," said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming."

Iran, however, has repeatedly denied that it ordered the attack.

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