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Iranian Terrorism Cannot Go Unpunished

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Iranian terrorism cannot go unpunished

Merely condemning attacks that killed a British citizen is not a suitably strong response

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Iran seems determined to test the resolve of the new Israeli government to respond to attacks against its assets. Drones carrying explosives have been used in the Arabian Sea to strike an oil tanker operated by an Israeli-owned company. The assault last Thursday killed two crew members, one of them a British national.

Tehran has denied the atrocity but Israeli and American military intelligence are sure of the identity of the culprit. It was apparently conducted in retaliation for an Israeli air strike in Syria. This is not just state-sponsored murder on the high seas but also a patent threat to the safe passage of merchant shipping and therefore a direct challenge to the international community. Tehran cannot be allowed to undermine world trade by carrying out terrorist activity in supposedly open shipping lanes as part of a proxy war in Syria.

The temptation for the rest of the world is to see this as a regional dispute involving Israel and Sunni Arab states on the one hand and Iran’s Shia regime and its supporters like Hezbollah on the other. Yesterday’s condemnation of the attacks by Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is the least to be expected after the death of a British citizen. A Royal Navy deployment should be considered.

Full story https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/08/02/iranian-terrorism-cannot-go-unpunished/