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U.S. Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman, killing 2

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The ridiculous thing about the attack is that the ship in question is owned by a Japanese firm and is registered in Liberia. A UK based firm owned by an Israeli business man provided crew for the ship and managed their pay, benefits, rotation ashore and the like but did not own the ship in question. His company provided a service to the ships owners. That is all. The Iranians are apparently not too smart.

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What evidence, beyond Israel’s naked assertion, is there that this was an Iranian operation?

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What evidence, beyond Israel’s naked assertion, is there that this was an Iranian operation?

The maritime security firm Dryad Global was nearby and reported the drones of a type used by Iran and the Houthis. Dryad Global is a UK firm headquartered in London that provides private security and security consulting / intelligence for shipping companies. The UK Maritime Trade Organization reported another similar incident the same day close by.

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My sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent UK and Romanian victims.

I would guess that all oil tankers are connected to at least one billionaire.

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When bad things happen to those making money off Apartheid, the democracy of Iran is blamed.

When the antidemocratic, war mongering Israeli regime attacks Iran, Iran is blamed.

When the population of the Israeli regime tries to overthrow the harshly repressive Israeli regime, Iran is blamed for that, and the mass killings by the Israeli regime of the part of its population it insists aren't part of the population because of their ethnicity, the country with the second largest Jewish population in the region is blamed and portrayed as hating Jews, not oppression.

You'll note that though Orwell's book about a society where the media portrays propaganda as reality, and the population literally refuses to acknowledge even their own memories that conflict with the propaganda was set in 1984, and includes notes that the society eventually collapsed, it didn't say it collapsed soon after the events described.

The tanker was attacked in a place where all sorts of vessels have been attacked by pirates only caring about being able to feed their families, where even the Iranian Navy conducts antipiracy patrols, but, well, Iran is blamed.

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This attack has none of the marks of piracy.

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When bad things happen to those making money off Apartheid, the democracy of Iran is blamed.

Iran is as much of a democracy as your mother Russia.

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Some people think that the US is the copyright holder for the term 'democracy' and no country can be a democracy unless the US declares it to be so.

They are as wrong as the people who think that Trump's claims that the election was stolen from him are right because he was the sitting President when he made them.

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P. SmithToday  09:00 am JST

What evidence, beyond Israel’s naked assertion, is there that this was an Iranian operation?

News report on Iranian tv, plus an assessment by a British security firm; kind of called circumstantial evidence.

Try that word in class-students would love it.

RichardPearceToday  06:16 pm JST

Some people think that the US is the copyright holder for the term 'democracy' and no country can be a democracy unless the US declares it to be so.

Iran is a democracy? In which century?

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Fro Arab News, https://www.arabnews.com/node/1903181/middle-east

Quote: the attack which, US officials say, saw several drones laden with explosives flown into the Mercer Street tanker, one of which hit the crew’s living quarters.

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I know some Iranian's, they're actually nice people.

Countries in the West learnt that mixing Politics and Religion always ended up in a mess. Eventually Iran Country will sort itself out.

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Eventually Iran Country will sort itself out.

I hope so. It was doing not bad back in the early 1950s until a couple of countries (mine included) decided to remove the democratically elected government. Like you, all Iranians I've known have been nice people.

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The thing is that Iran has 'straightened itself out' compared to the third world country the American approved dictatorship turned it into.

It's a country overflowing with highly educated people from all economic and social classes, with a democratic government (hint, look at the University of Maryland's Centre for International and Security Studies opinion polls of the Iranian population and the governments that ran the country over the years. Now, there are people who either contend that the way they track with public opinion again and again is merely coincidence or that asking the opinions of representative samples of the Iranian population is less effective at finding out what they think than asking American politicians and pressure groups what the Iranian population thinks, but that's like saying that the public opinion polling of the American population is less effective at finding out what they think than asking Trump and ALEC what the American population thinks.

There is a country that does need to straighten itself out, and it is the one that declares Apartheid to be a liberal democracy, and Iran, Syria, Venezuela... to be dictatorships (And the one that declared it is sanctioning the Cuban government over human rights abuses, while committing greater and more numerous human rights abuses on the small bit of Cuba it completely controls)

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Countries in the West learnt that mixing Politics and Religion always ended up in a mess

A sizeable minority of Americans have not heard that message it seem and are intent on destroying a secular representative government to impose their own theocracy in its place. There are some archconservative Catholic clergy who openly state that if Americans won't adopt Catholicism then a government should force it upon them. Evangelicals are only slightly less open about their intentions but you don't have to be a PhD to understand what they advocate. Some even teach that political leaders are chosen by God and voting a certain way is a form of rebellion against God.

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