Hosni Mubarak, now in exile, was making some effort to resolve differences between factions in Israel/Palestine that were seething with unresolved conflict. Similar efforts were progressing through efforts by the United States, and the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Suddenly these efforts appear to have fallen into passivity, as new developments overtake them, threatening the peace of Israel and by extension, the free world. Indeed, one of the more important interests of the United States as we watch the ongoing changes in Egypt, is the U.S. concern that the Suez Canal may go unprotected,and act as a conduit for weapons into the troubled areas on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Our American view of Iran and volatile Ahmadinejad has deteriorated on a daily basis. Iran is in upheaval, and there is no powerful force that can come forward to protect and defend those who, in the words of our President, are “yearning for peace and freedom.” The Iranian government, always threatening, always seeking to be a nuclear threat, has responded with violence against the demonstrators. When outspoken members of the American congress, such as Senator John McCain, speak repeatedly of bombing Iran, we have to wonder, is McCain sending a message, or does he mean it? It is clear that McCain has heavy-handed political ambitions for the future. The efforts the gentleman from Arizona have made to appear among the newly centrist can hardly have gone unnoticed. McCain has consistently been opposed to Iran and the rulers of that nation that is a dominant force in the Arab world. Obama too, is making a continuing effort to appear centrist; in that regard, he has taken a stronger tone against Iran.
Today, Reuters is warning the world that Israel is not taking lightly the traversing of the Suez, nor the coming war maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz by Iran. Iran seems cocky as they announce plans to deploy warships near Israel, and to dock at a Syrian port. Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on February 16, said, “Tonight, two Iranian warships are meant to pass through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea and reach Syria, something that has not happened in many years.” Israel has indicated it is monitoring ship movement, cannot ignore provocations, and has every intention of taking action if action is warranted. “Israel cannot ignore these provocations.”
The upheaval continues, for the good, or the bad. The world is still a dangerous and unpredictable place to live.Powered by Sidelines