The United Arab Emirates today opened an oil pipeline terminal just outside the Persian Gulf, reducing the amount of oil transport through the Gulf subject to Iranian blackmailing threats of closure. Here’s a map of the region, showing the diversification of oil terminals being built or planned that will reduce or perhaps even eliminate the Iranian theofascist threat to the 40% of the world’s energy supplies traversing through the Hormuz Straight.
The new Fujariah terminal is still very close to Iran, and could be easily attacked by Iranian gunboats, warships, aircraft and missiles.From the map and the location of the new pipeline terminal just barely beyond the choke-point, however, it’s clear the U.A.E. is counting on any attack outside the Persian Gulf as being a provocation and violation of international waters which will draw an American military response.[Email comments welcome: duoism(at)sbcglobal.net]