Iran Blackmails the EU and Threatens to Block Oil Shipments
“Radical Islam could stop the flow of essential oil to the [United States] and Europe,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned in 2011. This past weekend, Iran threatened to do just that.
On January 19, the European Parliament called for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite unit of Iran’s armed forces, to be classified as a terrorist organization.
“The European Parliament has shot itself in the foot and the response will be a countermeasure,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amirabdollahian tweeted on January 22. An Iranian parliamentary discussion revealed that these countermeasures could come in the form of detaining foreign oil tankers in the Persian Gulf or even in the Strait of Hormuz.
On January 23, the European Union rejected the parliament’s submission.
Recently, Europe and Iran have clashed over more and more issues, such as Iran’s pursuit of nuclear bombs and Iranian terrorist plots to deploy weapons of mass destruction in Europe. Not containing threats from Iranian terrorists is a life-threatening danger. But such countermeasures could lead to Iran blocking sea routes, which could spell economic disaster. It is becoming increasingly evident that a major clash is inevitable—especially if you consider Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East.
The Trumpet said:
Iran is implementing a bold strategy to control the vital sea lane from the Indian ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Consider the global ramifications: Nearly 10 percent of global oil supplies pass through the gates of the Red Sea. Roughly 20,000 ships pass through the Suez Canal and Bab el-Mandeb each year—an average of 55 per day. … This terrorist nation has become the gatekeeper of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.
—Mr. Flurry, Germany’s Secret Strategy to Destroy Iran
Europe is heavily dependent on oil imports. A disruption to supplies could cause significant economic damage. It would likely drive inflation and cause major shortages.
Prophecy says: Mr. Flurry has often pointed to Daniel 11:40, which describes a clash between the king of the north—a German-led European superpower—and the king of the south—radical Islam, led by Iran. This clash, the Bible reveals, would be preceded by the king of the south “pushing” at the king of the north. Part of this push could be a blockade of these strategic sea routes.
On the surface, this may appear to catch Europe off guard, but in fact, it has been preparing for it. The Bible reveals that Europe has a strategy to push back.