Definitely major escalation as death was involved, they are saying they will retaliate so that remains to be seen what they consider to be "harsh response".Drone hits exactly the living part of the ship. Intention to kill.
Only a blind could not see the eventual escalation.
Israel will ask for help since escalation is too dangerous on their own.
They may get some help under the table but in the real scenery, the word will be “they are not sure it was Iran”. Probably it was not Iran. Could be non Iranian militia.
Israel benefit is to highlight the incident unlike the events in Jordan or Gulf or Irbil that were downplayed.
As usual, thank you for your inciteful posts as always.I acknowledge there are many things about Iran, that stems from inside of Iran, that I am unaware of, socially, culturally, and emotionally. I have lived outside of Iran for a very long time now.
However, I do know the Westerners quite well as I have lived in half a dozen countries in the West and worked with them daily, and met people from all over the world, working with me and sharing their ideas and knowledge of other countries.
What amazes me about Iran and Iran loving Iranians, is how COURAGEOUS they are.
This is often missed by so many. Let me explain.
Yes, yes, indeed, we have many cowards. Many, many of them. They thank a nation hostile to Iran, who has repeatedly murdered Iranian scientists, continues to attack Iranian infrastructure, forces indirectly sanctions again Iranian people, even though it was that nation that gave them the opportunities to win a gold medal. There are Iranians in U.S. who wish for 2 millions Iranians to die so the shah's son can come to Iran, they have actually SAID it to my face, and got angry that I called them a murdering coward.
But then again. there are many COURAGEOUS Iranians everywhere. Right here on this forum.
What is COURAGE to me?
It is the principle of honor and respect for the righteous cause with strength of devotion, irrespective of self gain at the expense of others.
At a time when it seems that almost the whole world is against Iran and Iranians, when traitors serve their own interests at the expense of the suffering of Iranian people (and other people in Middle East and elsewhere, e.g. Venezuela), when materialism, consumerism, and a bankrupt culture depends on commoditization of every aspect of decency and humanity, and weaponization of every cause, injustice or grievances, STILL there are IRANIANS WHO LIVE WITH COURAGE TO DEFEND SOMETHING WORTH DEFENDING.
When was the last time Iran won anything of a major strategic value?
I can think of shooting down the U.S. drone or the launching of Bavar 373.
With so few wins on Iran side, still many fight and go one.
On the Western side, I SEE NO COURAGE of a degree anywhere near what Iranians demonstrate every day.
Show me a Western country that has fought against all odds, against so many, for so little gain, for so long, and STILL CONTINUES to fight no matter how it APPEARS to be against all odds of fighting a superpower and its global apparatus of imperialism and slavery, global market domination, and global control for economic prosperity of itself at the expense of everyone else?
Would anyone else fight at the same degree, if they were in the same place as Iran?
How many countries have decided to side with U.S. and be its client state?
Without prejudice, or bias, or false sense of patriotism, - I genuinely believe Iran and Iran loving patriotic Iranians are COURAGEOUS against all odds and I consider the Westerners (generally speaking) COWARDS who have give in to materialism and consumerism, global imperial domination for a house or a car or a vaction.
I have respect for all of you here in this forum who fight for Iran's cause:
To live our lives based on our own aspirations and not be a U.S. slave client state
I was there when I heard Zarif in 2004 in a meeting in N.Y. at a hotel talking to media people covered by CSPAN: Iran wants to be independent and not a client state of the Western superpowers.
I am proud to be an Iranian, for a single reason, that as a whole consciousness of a nation, those that genuinely love Iran (not themselves) DO NOT WANT TO BE A SLAVE STATE TO OTHERS.
That to me is COURAGEOUS.
My respect, to all of you.
Don't forget we have many traitors within the government as well, many that try to profit or push their personal goals at the expense of people, some even working for foreign intelligence. We need a thriving, successful and creative people in order to play this game, solve our issues, reduce polarization and succeed as a nation that will add another 1000 years to its history.