A couple announcements over the last few days have given me reason to believe that the possibility of things escalating are on the rise. This is not a
"doom" thread where I am saying "the end is near", I just wanted to point out a couple developments that I think are somewhat related.
I AM NOT CHEERING FOR THE START OF WW3!
The first piece of news that I want to share is about Russia sending warships to the Gaza coast. They say these are for evacuation purposes but
perhaps that is just an excuse. I will elaborate why in the next portion of the thread. Here is one of many articles discussing the Russian ships near
Gaza. I have seen articles claim that there are as many as six.
Russia Sends Warships Off Coast Of Gaza In Response To
Russian warships have dropped anchor off the coast of Gaza in the case that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalates, a Russian Navy Command source
told Voice of Russia.
The other interesting development that I would like to point out is an article from RT that discusses the possibility of Israel striking an Iranian
ship en route to Gaza. The original report is claimed to come from the "Sunday Times".
I am not here to say who is right or wrong, and which side has the moral high ground to defend themselves over the other as this has been debated
vigorously in various threads and debating which side you support will only derail the thread. I am open to discussing this in the thread but I am not
taking sides in my OP as I would l ike to remain as balanced as possible as I present this information but will make sure to clarify my position on
this as the thread proceeds.
Israel may strike at ship allegedly carrying Iranian rockets to Gaza – report
Israeli spy satellites spotted a cargo vessel in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas that was allegedly Gaza-bound and carrying arms, the Sunday Times
“Regardless of the ceasefire agreement, we will attack and destroy any shipment of arms to Gaza once we have spotted it,” an Israeli defense
official told the newspaper.
The vessel reportedly began its voyage last week just as Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire ending eight days of violence in Gaza, in which over
150 Palestinians died. The cargo is believed to include Fajr-5 rockets, similar to those used by Hamas in the conflict, and Shahab-3 ballistic
The ship is set to travel through the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, according to the Sunday Times report. The newspaper also cited Israeli officials
speculating that Iran could be moving longer-range ballistic missiles into Sudan, which could be aimed at Israel from the African country.
If Israel were to attack an Iranian ship en route to Gaza while Russian ships are in the area who knows what might happen. Part of me believes that
Russia agrees with Iran when they would like the Gazans to possess the ability to defend themselves.
From the Israeli point of view, I would not want Iran shipping missiles into Gaza as increase in Iranian hardware would be much more effective than
the limited supply they currently have, and would cause some difficulty for Israel to intercept missiles if escalations were to begin once again.
I might be reaching here but these two developments are certainly worth keeping an eye on. If Israel were to attack an Iranian ship, especially in
international waters, I believe that things would get ugly and spiral into a wider conflict which would involve many regional and non regional
As I said earlier in this post, I am not taking sides right now. I will clarify my position on certain aspects as we discuss the situation. I invite
anyone to share their thoughts, including which side they support, and for which reasons but let's please keep it civil.
I am very interested to see what our fellow members think about these developments.
Let the games begin
edit on 11/26/2012 by Corruption Exposed because: (no reason given)