Saturday, February 24, 2024

Iran threatens to block the Strait of Gibraltar

Iran has started a fight that could turn out badly. Just a few days ago, General Reza Naqdi, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, threatened to close the Mediterranean Sea, something that would include the complete cutting off of the Strait of Gibraltar. This movement will completely affect the West in general as a result of these countries’ support for Israel in the war it waged against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Asian country, ostracized by a large part of the Muslim community around the world because of its religious position—they are Shiites—will begin to trust other countries again by giving its public support to the Palestinians in the conflict.

Despite the religious differences between Iran and most Muslim countries, the Islamic Republic considers as “traitors to the global Islamic community” those Muslim countries, such as Morocco, that recognize Israel. For this reason, Tehran is once again focusing its sights on the Mediterranean, knowing that it is one of the most important geostrategic points in the world in terms of trade.

Despite this, the possibilities for Iran to take a step and start sabotaging the Strait through attacks and bombings seem very remote because it means a large military complex and could lead to a global conflict at that point. Even if we consider what happened in the Suez Canal, where the attacks took place between the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Yemeni Houthis, no option can be rejected.

In fact, this war activity in the Suez Strait caused the cancellation of shipping companies such as Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, or MSC, in addition to oil companies such as BP. The clearest difference between the two cases is in the geographical point where the Mediterranean is located in relation to Tehran, because the 5,000 km that separates them will make it difficult for logistics and attacks on Iran in the Strait.

Even more so when you consider that Iran’s most powerful missiles have a range of ‘only’ 2,000 kilometers. On the other hand, Europe cannot accept under any circumstances that 80% of its maritime oil and gas imports will be reduced or changed by Iran’s activity in the Strait.

In addition, the tension will increase significantly considering that the US has military bases in the Alawite country, so it is likely that any Iranian attempt to attack the area will be repelled by US troops.

This whole scene may reduce Iran to ostracism again, compared to its Muslim ‘brothers’ around the world, because these kinds of geostrategic movements are not exactly viewed by many of them. .

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