These days we get a lot of our gas from Qatar - sometimes as much as a quarter - more even than from Norway. LNG trade is increasingly important worldwide; see this from Shell for RUSI. Mercifully, supply is becoming ever more diversified: but Qatar is the biggest global producer.
And where exactly is the source of all that LNG ? It's here.
The world's largest gas field, shared between Qatar and ... Iran. Oo-err. And the UAE have screwed up the oil pipeline project that could by-pass the Straits of Hormuz: $200/bbl, anyone ?
So à propos of CU's latest post, and BQ's on US defence priorities: perhaps we shall find ourselves 'engaged' in the Gulf again shortly, at the instigation of the USA, and probably with quite a few 'interested parties' egging us on.
Here we go again. National interests at stake ? - well, in this instance at least the case could be made. Now, about that shale gas ...