Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, a transit point for one-fifth of oil trading

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    Iran says a nuclear scientist involved in its uranium enrichment program was killed by assassins in Tehran on Wednesday, becoming the latest Iranian scientist to die in a series of similar incidents.

    Earlier this week, Iran announced it had sentenced a U.S.-born man to death for allegedly spying for the CIA. Meanwhile, the United States is leading a global campaign to shut down Iranian oil exports in order to pressure the country to end its alleged nuclear weapons program.

    Iran responded by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit point for one-fifth of oil traded worldwide.

    "If we are increasing the sense of threat, we may be able to prevent [the Iranians’] capabilities to a certain extent, but we’re also increasing their desire for the nuclear deterrent," says Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council.

    "At some point, that desire will overcome the obstacles. In essence, you cannot threaten a country into feeling secure."

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    Why threaten? Why not do?
     
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    Why would this be of interest to you.
    You oppose the Keystone project.
    They're both just conduits.
     
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    Because if they did, they'd be cutting off their own dick. Iran is hurting from all the economic sanctions. If they close the straits, that is their one and only economic artery which still brings money into their economy.

    So this is a case of "this will hurt me a lot more than it will hurt you".

    They are bluffing.

    But rattling sabers plays well for their domestic rabble, just like "bomb bomb bomb Iran" does here.
     
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    In the short term closing the Hormuz could have dramatic impacts on the USA economy...
     
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    Yeah, because people like you prevent us from building up our energy infrastructure.
     
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    Wrong again. I'm all for energy efficient vehicles which will create jobs and more jobs because of new technology.

    Meanwhile threatening Iran 24/7 is not good diplomacy. The heart of the concern is Iran oil and natural gas. This is being treated like a secret.

    This is a big reason the USA needs to cut wayyyyyy back on oil demand. Move forward not nowhere.

    The USA does not want to be dependent on foreign energy nor do I want the USA to be blowing my tax dollars and killing innocent soldiers,fathers/mothers/children or grandparents all in the interest of controlling the world oil supply. It stinks!
     
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    He was non-essential. Israel killed him to increase pressure on us in hopes we'll go to war with/for them.

    This is the beginning and Israel is blackmailing us.
     
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    Energy efficient vehicles arent energy infrastructure.

    Oil refineries, natural gas refineries, nuclear power plants, hydroelectic plants, pipelines, coal mining etc. That's infrastructure.

    You've made it clear that you oppose that.
     
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    How can we be sure the CIA was not involved?
     

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