Much of the media assume without any evidence yet that Iran was the site of the attack on Saudi oil fields. We’ll see. If you step back from the present situation playing out in the Middle East, it hard not to see the hand of the Trump administration as the cause of the exacerbation of tensions and conflict in that region of the world.

Maybe a starting point to deescalate tensions is for the Saudis to stop their genocidal war against the people of Yemen and for Trump to end the punitive sanctions against the Iranians. And, even if it turns out that the Iranians were behind the attack, the first and subsequent steps should be diplomatic, not threats, saber rattling, and war.