The West needs to pull itself together to keep Iran under control

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The West needs to pull itself together to keep Iran under control

The Saudi oil attacks are just the beginning - Europe and the US need to find a common strategy in response

William Hague

In a matter of minutes on Saturday, two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia sustained crippling damage from drones, and perhaps cruise missiles as well. With the flow of 5% of the world’s oil instantly halted, global oil prices have gyrated.

As economists calculate the impact on the world economy, and arguments rage over who was responsible, it is worth making sure that we understand what this reckless assault is telling us.

First, it is a reminder that the nature of warfare is changing. Saudi Arabia has powerful armed forces, a sophisticated air force and hi-tech defences. It could easily fight off a large-scale attack by any state in the region. Yet drones are small enough to go undetected by those defences and can hit a target with sufficient accuracy to cause huge damage with a relatively limited payload...

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