Talk:Fujairah oil tanker explosions
Will Iran be blamed for attack that did not happen?
I suspect the fake news was intentionally created by United Arab Emirates and fed to pro-Iranian news organizations. The scheme is similar to the one used by UAE in 2017 to cause the Saudi-Qatar clash. Emirati intelligence services hacked* into Qatari web servers and published a fake story that the Emir of Qatar had said something positive about Iran. This lead Saudi Arabia to cut all relations with Qatar and almost launch an invasion.
The fake news of yesterday's fake attack was first published by Libanese pro-Hezbollah Al Mayadeen TV channel. I believe their eyewitnesses in Fujairah were compromised and fed a fake story of an attack. To make the story more appealing to the Libanese and the pro-Iranian audience fake claims about an attack by American and French airplanes was added.
At first the Fujairah authorities (quite correctly) denied the whole story. Later, when the next phase of this "Gulf of Tonkin" style false-flag was put in motion they claimed that four ships in the roads outside Fujairah were the target of "sabotage".
The whole operation was preceded by US claims of an impending attack by Iran or "Iranian proxies" on US interests. This too may have been part of the well-planned false-flag attack.
I expect the US will today accuse Iran of the "sabotage" attack on Saudi and Emerati ships. Iran has already confirmed that an attack did happen, so they look guilty as hell.
In reality no attack ever happened. At most some pyrotechnic show was arranged on a few Saudi ships. No one was hurt and no real damage was done.
For the fake-news attack on Qatar, see the Washington Post, July 17, 2017: UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials
Re Iran, I keep to an earlier expressed view that its enrichment (+missile) program is outside of reasonable civilian use; constitutes a nuclear weapons threat; and is insufficiently addressed by JCPA. However, it stops here, Iran was once an open and fairly integrated country and no reason why it no longer can be the case if its nuclear weapons program/aspiration is comprehensively dropped. As for various games, I am into that, and IMO it is sufficiently covered --Resup (talk) 15:49, 15 June 2019 (UTC)