"Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Iran’s Tasnim news agency said Saturday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy had seized the Israeli-linked MSC ARIES container ship near the Strait of Hormuz.

A video first reported by The Associated Press showed commandos raiding a ship near the key waterway by helicopter.

The vessel involved was the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship associated with London-based Zodiac Maritime. Zodiac Maritime is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

An Iranian Retaliation is Coming: This is Why ANALYSIS MikeRivero

The matter has been resolved. Israel, in the words of the Iranian mission to the United Nations, will be “punished”. 

This punishment is not just the direct outcome of Israel’s deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, but an overdue retaliation to many such aggressions. 

Why is Israel targeting Iran?

Israel has been bombing Iranian facilities in Syria for years. 

Update(1740): Multiple European airlines have canceled all flights to and from Iran, and flight trackers also indicate that skies above Israel are clear of civilian aviation.

Speculation is at a frenzy over the 'when & where' of the coming Iranian retaliation attack. "Anonymous US officials" have been feeding alarming headlines to media outlets all day - and among them the following: