The Drums of War, Israel, Iran and the Logistics of Oil

The Drums of War, Israel, Iran and the Logistics of Oil

The Drums of War…the most strategic piece of oil real estate in the world is being threatened and our leaders believe that Iran has the capability to block the strait of Hormuz.  I believe it’s just a matter of time before the Judeo-Persian War.  Iranian leaders have stated that they will wipe Israel from the face of the map, Israeli leaders have said they won’t tolerate a nuclear Iran…at this point it’s just a question of who will strike first.

If you’re an Ian Fleming fan read a little about the what’s been happening to Iran’s dwindling pool of nuclear scientists in recent years…the spymaster himself couldn’t have come up with more interesting plot devices including limpet mine attacks on cars…hmm, wonder who’s behind that?

Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day [17 MBD per U.S. Department of Energy], approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

via Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike – Telegraph.

World Oil Chokepoints from JOE 2010

If you still don’t think this little waterway half a world away matters…consider this graphic from the 2010 Joint Operating Environment (JOE).  By looking at the world oil chokepoints in scale you can see just how important the Strait of Hormuz is to the world’s energy markets.

Also check out Michael’s article on the coming Israel/Iran War over at The American Dream.

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