An anaconda (much like all constrictor snakes), kills its victim by squeezing them to death. During the American Civil War/War Between the States/War of Northern Aggression, President Lincoln adopted “The Anaconda Plan” wherein a naval blockade of Southern ports kept war material from being exchanged for cotton.
The Anaconda concept is being played out in North Korea and it’s about to be installed around Iran. Call it what it is: war by other means.
The Al-Houthi movement, a proxy for Iran, announced a temporary halt to attacks on shipping in raw hope that Saudi Arabia would open the Bab el Mandeb waterway (and access to the Suez Canal) to ships – that contain Iranian oil.
On 31 July, the chief of the Houthi Supreme Political Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, announced,
“We declare our initiative to halt naval military operations for a specific period and it could be extended and include all battle fronts on the ground if this move is reciprocated by the leadership of the coalition,” according to Saba news agency.
The Houthi defense ministry announced the suspension was for two weeks, subject to extension based on reciprocity by the Saudi-led coalition.
The Saudi response has not yet been reported.
The specific responses the Houthis want are the Saudi government’s agreement to end the ban on oil tankers transiting the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the coalition to halt the offensive against Hodeidah.
This is the first time that economic pressure has forced the Houthis to make a tactical concession.
The Saudis and maritime shipping authorities said the ban would remain until the safety of Strait transits could be assured. Al-Houthi’s statement provides no guarantee of prolonged safety and implies just the opposite — that the safety of shipping in the Strait and the southern Red Sea is subject to Houthi decisions.
The Saudi-led coalition might open discussions with the Houthis, but the terms they offered are likely to be rejected.
Iran is concerned that they may have gone too far, as the world’s only true pariah state remaining on the map. President Trump offered a meeting with Iranian leadership, that was completely rejected, as they are keeping up their “death to America” policy.
The Saudis, and the Arab World are slowly uniting against the Persians and sanctions are about to be renewed with all of their implications as the anaconda squeezes around Iran. Don’t look for ships containing Iranian oil to be transiting the Suez Canal anytime soon.