Iranian Army soldiers stand guard on a military speed boat. (ALI MOHAMMADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Remember the game of Battleship, that timeless game by Milton Bradley. Battleship was created about the time of WWI. Produced and published by various companies, the game was at first played with pencil and paper. In 1967, Milton Bradley made the game out of plastic.  Today, there are versions upon versions of the game–large, small travel electronic and even an online versions.

As I follow events in the Middle East, I feel as if the United States and Iran are playing the game Battleship—only Iran can clearly see our moves and we are just guessing at Iran’s moves.

Just the other day, Iran boarded and took over a cargo ship in the Straits of Hormuz.  The ship, MV Maersk Tigris, flies a flag from the Marshall Islands.  When the captain of the cargo ship did not comply with Iran’s request that they change course, the Iranians showed that they were serious and sent a series of shots across his bow.  As it was all happening, the captain sent off a distress call. And the ship was boarded.

Understand—these Straits are very important and we should all care about what happens there, as 20% of the entire world’s oil travels through that tiny chokehold called the Straits of Hormuz every day.

The Straits are located in the territorial waters of Iran on one side and Oman and United Arab Emirates on the other.  And yet, the Straits of Hormuz are open to passage for all according to the UN Convention of the Laws of the Sea.