Red Flag

According sources, the blood-red flag flying over the Jamkaran mosque is a symbol for spilled blood and a call for revenge in Shia Islam.  Social media from Iran says it symbolizes a great battle on the horizon. Jamkaran is an important center of learning for Shiite Muslims – and it is just 20 miles from one of Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities.

The Prime Minister of Iraq called the strike near the Baghdad airport  an act of aggression on Iraq and a breach of its sovereignty that will lead to war in Iraq, the region, and the world. Sergei Lavrov told the US Secretary Friday that the U.S. had embarked on an “illegal power” move.  He said that the actions of a UN member state to eliminate officials of another  on the territory of a third sovereign state “flagrantly violate the principles of international law and deserve condemnation.

Geng Shuang, China’s foreign minster said China has always opposed the use of force in international relations and urged the relevant sides, especially the United States, to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalating tensions. He said Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity must be respected.

Iran, China and Russia held joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman last week.  In case you didn’t know, the five permanent members of the UN security council are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The non-permanent members right now are Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, and Viet Nam.  Keep and eye on what leaders of these nations have to say about the matter.

Meanwhile, you might want to check if you are set up to shelter in place should Iran’s retaliation disrupt world trade and pray for peace.