After oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked on Thursday, the Trump administration blamed Iran – citing dubious intelligence reports that they were the culprit.
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— ABC News (@ABC) June 13, 2019
However, the world community is not buying that Iran was responsible for these attacks. Superpowers like China and Russia are rushing to Iran’s defense as the military-industrial complex beats the war drums.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday where he made clear his nation’s commitment to Iran regardless of any conflict that occurs with the U.S.
Russia remains firmly behind Iran as well, urging nobody to make “hasty conclusions” about who was really responsible for attacking the oil tankers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that “relations between Russia and Iran are multifaceted, multilateral” and “this concerns the economy, this concerns the issues of stability in the region, our joint efforts to combat terrorism, including in Syria.”
“We are developing economic relations, and in very many areas,” Putin added. “From time immemorial, humanitarian ties have been quite dense, and mutual interest in the Russian world, on the one hand, in Persian culture, on the other hand, has always been a very significant part of our dialogue.”
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent investigation, rather than relying on U.S. intelligence that has been proven to be faulty and biased throughout the years.
“It’s very important to know the truth and it’s very important that responsibilities are clarified. Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts,” he said.
Iran maintains its innocence. Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran, released the following tweets following the attacks:
Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning.
Iran's proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 13, 2019
That the US immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—w/o a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence—only makes it abundantly clear that the #B_Team is moving to a #PlanB: Sabotage diplomacy—including by @AbeShinzo—and cover up its #EconomicTerrorism against Iran.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 14, 2019
Yutaka Katada, the president of the shipping company that owns one of the downed tankers, claims that sailors on the Kokuka Courageous saw “flying objects” heading toward the vessel. This contradicts administration claims that damage was caused by an Iranian mine.
Even indigenous tribal interests are calling foul about the War Party propaganda.
“I want to see whatever evidence the administration says that it has,” Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA) said in New Hampshire. “I’m very concerned about a slide towards war with Iran.”
The only individuals who seem to believe that Iran is responsible for the attacks is President Donald Trump and those in his inner circle, making military intervention a very real possibility.
“I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it. And you saw the boat at night trying to take the mine off and successfully took the mine off the boat, and that was exposed,” Trump said to Fox News.
While Trump has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t want to start any wars, his foreign policy promise is quickly slipping away as he moves closer to conflict with Iran.