international intrigue

Are You Ready for a New War in the Middle East?

Iran's Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari points at a map during a press conference in Tehran on December 22, 2010, as saying that Iran will launch 10 days of naval drills from December 24, covering east of Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman to the Gulf of Aden. AFP PHOTO/HAMED JAFARNEJAD/FARS NEWS/Fars News (Photo credit should read Hamed Jafarnejad/AFP/Getty Images)
Damn, the Iranians appear to have pinpointed the exact location of the Strait of Hormuz. Photo: Hamed Jafarnejad/AFP/Getty Images

We’re not saying we’re definitely going to war with Iran soon. But maybe start preparing yourself mentally, just in case, like when you sense something scary is about to happen in a horror film. For two days in a row now, Iran has threatened to use its military to cut off access to the Strait of Hormuz — a shipping route through which one-sixth of the world’s oil passes as it leaves the Persian Gulf — if the United States follows through on new sanctions that recently passed in Congress. The U.S. Navy responded today that “any disruption will not be tolerated.” Great.