Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Winds of War ....

are picking up speed.

... Amid growing alarm caused by Iran's alleged quest for nuclear weapons and fears of a new war between Israel and the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, Iran's main proxy, that could spiral out of control and drag in the Persian Gulf states as well, the old political shibboleths are shifting. Saudi Arabia and the Arab states in the Persian Gulf are mortally afraid of being swept into the turmoil and increasingly are being drawn into an undercover battle against Iranian intelligence.

The uncovering of an alleged Iranian spy ring in Kuwait in May, its links to Bahrain, and the 2009 discovery of a large Hezbollah network in Egypt plotting to attack the Suez Canal, a strategic logistics link for Western forces heading to the gulf, underline the extent of this confrontation. This has made for some bizarre situations, with secret dealings between Israel and its longtime Arab adversaries, largely through their intelligence services but increasingly at a diplomatic level as well.......

This quote from Israel’s PM, Benjamin Netanyahu should make sense to anyone with an atom of  common sense in their noggin:
"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel".
h/t: Pam

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