Thursday, February 28, 2008

Middle East Regional Stability

The U.S. ordered a warship into position off the coast of Lebanon in a "show of support for regional stability." Funny, the United States invaded Iraq some 5 years ago despite warnings by our Saudi friends that it could destabilize the region. But back to the present, where Israel feels extremely threatened by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A Kuwaiti leader recently suggested the Jewish state would take care of the Iranian nuclear problem. For them to do so, Israeli jets need to pass over potentially hostile territory. Will the USS Cole help make that a reality? Or is it in place to contain any blowback after Israel's pre-emptive strike? Another sign of the setup, the WSJ reported "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to use his current trip to Japan to accuse North Korea of militarily cooperating with Syria and Iran."

Nevertheless, tensions are high in Southern Lebanon. Two years ago, Israel used the capture of two soldiers to invade their democratic neighbor to the north. It might take something much smaller to start a new war. That doesn't sound like a stable situation between two peaceful democracies.