Last Saturday, Iran pushed the world one step closer to war.
Around 4 a.m., critical Saudi Arabian energy infrastructure was targeted by weaponised drones and missiles. The damaged facilities effectively halved Saudi Arabia’s oil output. The effect was that oil prices jumped 20 percent as of this morning—the largest jump in the past 28 years. And it will take weeks, not days, for Saudi Arabia to restore its output capacity.
Despite initial claims of responsibility by the Houthis, a rebel group backed by Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo placed the blame squarely on Iran and said the attacks did not originate in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia issued a statement on Sunday that the attack “either came from Iraq or from Iran.” If Iran is found to be the culprit, it would make Saturday’s attack just the latest in a series of escalatory attacks by the regime against the United States, our allies and our interests.
As the largest state sponsor of terrorism, the Iranian regime has a long-standing record of supporting violence.