A picture from June 13 shows fire and smoke billowing from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. The incident, the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks, came amid spiraling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which pointed the finger at Iran over an earlier tanker attack in May.
In attacking oil tankers once more, there might be a method to Tehan's madness in its standoff with Washington. Whether its brazenry will make total war unavoidable is another story....
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