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The Gathering Storm in the Middle East
It continues to gather at a methodical, steady pace- the dark storm clouds over Syria's uprising and defections and the Iranian nuclear bomb issue. The powers at be are putting their pieces in place for a bolt of lightening strike. Syria is warning about how any outside intervention directly in the uprising will have catastrophic results for Israel. Syria does have some of that capability. Turkey is already arming some of the rebellion and now fighting the Assad army. Turkey has warned Syria the end is coming. Turkey has already clashed along the border with units of the Syrian army. It is a fuse box. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, accused NATO of "political provocation" by urging the Syrian opposition to refuse to negotiate a settlement with Assad and arming them.
Sitting off the coast of Iran are two American carriers, the USS Bush and USS Stennis sailed that sailed through the Strait of Hormuz. Russian warships have entered Syrian water in support of their old ally. Israel continues to state the military option toward Iran must be done soon before Iran had moved and prepared their nuclear sites. The Russian flotilla is targeting the small craft transporting arms from Lebanon and Turkey to Syrian rebels fighting the regime. This is explosive. Turkish warships are nearby and might be used to escort the arms. The Canadian Navy is also in the area, the HMCS Vancouver will stay in the Mediterranean Sea until early next year locating, tracking, reporting and boarding vessels of interest suspected of international terrorism. It would be relieved by HMCS Charlottetown until the end of 2012.
More explosive is a bus loaded with Turks from Syria headed to Turkey was stopped by the Syrian military. Its occupants were ordered out of the bus, papers checked. Then, some of the occupants were murdered. The Turkish PM is furious but has held back so far. Meanwhile, Israel is beefing up its anti-missile defenses while its airforce trains with NATO assets.
The stage is being set for something that may be disastrous for the middle east and the rest of the world.