Tehran is potentially leveraging the lack of appetite among the US electorate for a new war in the Middle East.
Displaying a firm Japanese-American alliance at home and abroad is meant to protect Japan, naturally, but also the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
Like the false claims about weapons of mass destruction that led to the Iraq war, it is worrying that Australia is being dragged into a crisis of the US'-own making.
Between sabotage and attacks, the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-third of the world’s oil is transported by sea, has become combustible.
There are factors in both countries that influence those who make the decisions, and these factors are working to escalate tensions between the two countries.
The U.S. government of President Donald Trump has called for an international military coalition to be formed to safeguard commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas of the Middle East.
The move is aimed apparently at ensuring freedom of navigation in the wake of a series of attacks on tankers near [Read more]