Panama Disowns The Other Tanker Seized By Iran

Panama's maritime authority has begun the process to withdraw their flag from MT Riah, the other vessel that Iran seized last week (archived). They cite their own investigation into the ship as revealing the vessel to have violated numerous international maritime rules, and they stopped just short of endorsing Iran's seizure of the ship bearing their flag. The mounting evidence suggests that Iran's case for seizing ships is far stronger than the British case for seizing ships, independent of the tit-for-tat element. As tensions between Iran and Anglophone rogue states build, Iran's meticulous approach to aligning their responses to international norms once pushed by the rogue states themselves is going to further strain the Anglophone pretense that what they are doing is "world policing" and not international terrorism.

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