I found this an interesting development.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak implicitly accused Damascus of wrecking his attempts to mediate a deal for the release of Cpt. Cpl. Gilad Shalit,
snatched by Hamas-linked militants on June 25.
Hamas was subjected to "counter-pressures by other parties, which I don't want to name but which cut the road in front of the Egyptian mediation and
led to the failure of the deal after it was about to be concluded," Mubarak told Cairo's Al-Ahram Al-Massai newspaper.
I think it is interesting how the prevailing theory that the entire Arab world is behind Hamas or Hezbella doesn't meet reality. Hamas is taking a
politcal beating from several Arab countries, particularly in the hearts and minds war.
Something bothers me about this whole thing.
Conventional wisdom is the US would have known ahead of time that Israel was going to go to Gaza, yet instead of prepositioning troops for such
actions, it is noteworthy that just last week the rotating US Aircraft Carrier that has been on station in the Persian Gulf since 2002 was pulled out,
and the closest deployed US aircraft carrier is in the South China Sea, not the Persian Gulf region.
Think about it, from 2002 until only 10 or so days ago the US Navy kept both a CSG and an ESG in the region, and now the closest ESG is in the Arabian
Gulf, while the closest Aircraft Carrier is in the South China Sea? Nice timing...
Add the fact that it is the European Navies patrolling the areas around Iran, for the first time ever the US doesn't lead any of the 3 multi-national
task forces in the region, and it just seems very odd to me that all of this war breaks out with the US Navy further from the region than it has been
at any time since 2002, and the trend only started less than 2 weeks ago.
Is the US intentionally putting European Naval ships in harms way, after all, if Iran hits a US ship Europe might shrug, or even say the US deserves
it. But what if a French, Spanish, or Italian warship is blown up by Iran?
BTW, if anyone sees any confirmed media reports by western media that Iran ordered the Hezbella kidnappings I'd be interested. So far no western
media has reported it, but European intel sources are claiming EU intel intercepted the instructions from Iran to Hezbella.
It is noteworthy that Syrian and Iranian military forces went on high alert yesterday, with both countries mobilizing their Air Force and Navy, and
Syria is mobilizing its Army. While most of the Middle East shrugged, US forces in Iraq took notice, and so did Turkey and Bahrain.