Israel and Palestine are all but engaged in full scale War. Israel blames the Arabs for rocket attacks and the Arabs blame Israel. Both the US and the UK are supporting the Israelis. It is doubtful that the people of these two countries will unanimously agree with this stance.
Both sides have blood on their hands and if we throw our weight behind one side or the other so do we.
It leaves this blogger wondering if this is why the Arab Spring was engineered by the West. Egypt and Syria are allies of Israel. Both of these countries are stll in volatile states. Israel's PM Netanyahou may not have secured the US election win they hoped for, Mitt Romney, but President Obama is still offering support to that side of the conflict.
Israel is a well armed country that does have nuclear weapons. Such an arsenal in a country with an agenda of revenge is frightening. The Hamas group of terrorists may be no match for Israeli firepower but they have increasingly attacked Israel in 2012.
The latest news is that Israeli reservists are being called up. 30,000 Israeli reservists now look set to be called upon. With Tel Aviv under attack it is predicted that there will soon be a ground war. The amount of reservists is said to represent about ten brigades. Israel is either looking for a show of strength or is set to go to War.
World leaders such as Hollande for France and Putin for Russia are attempting to cool the situation. For now it is touch and go. Many believe that Israel foot soldiers are about to enter Gaza.
As protests continue to spread following Muslim outrage at the film the Innocence of Muslims, hatred of America is on the increase. In the latest development the USA has ordered all its non essential staff to leave Tunisia and the Sudan.
US Embassies in both these countries have been attacked in recent days. The US has also advised its citizens currently in Tunisia to leave as soon as possible.
In the Sudan the US have been refused permission to bring in Marines to protect its embassy. It appears that anti US feeling is running high in Muslim countries. Peaceful protesters are being railroaded by those with an agenda of violent disorder.
Certainly some of the messages being carried by protesters are a cause for concern. Some convey a message of Sharia Law dominating the World. Most however simply want condemnation of the anti Muslim film and assurances that in future their faith will be free from foreign blasphemers.
The death toll in regions of the Middle East affected by the protests continues to rise. At least seven peple have been killed so far.
Tunisia was one of the Arab Spring countries. It was the first to experience an uprising. It remains, it seems, in a state of limbo.
On the back of the Arab Spring of 2011 people across a range of Middle Eastern countries decided to follow suit and make a bid from democracy. Regimes toppled and new found freedoms led to optimism. More than a year later too many people in the Middle East are still no closer to securing democracy.
Syria has remained a problem. The UN has used limited action such as sending in monitors but steps have fallen short of those used in Libya. However Syria is not Libya.
If you belive the regime, those opposing it are a minority , terrorists and in many cases foreign nationals. The rebels however tell a different tale. They claim to fighting hard to rid Syria of a despot, Bashar al Assad, and his corrupt officials.
Today July 18, 2012 there is fierce fighting underway in the Syrian capital of Damascus. There are reports that a police station is in flames. The latest news is that a suicide bomber has managed to enter the inner sanctum of government and has wreaked havoc.
The dead are said to include the country's defense minister Daoud Rajha, and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law Asef Shawkatwho, who is the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian military. This will be a blow for the regime although currently they are attempting to play the attack down.
The regime claims that there are no other deaths but the insurgents maintain that the Minister for the Interior is also dead. The ongoing fighting between both sides in Damscus has led to civilian casualties.
Early reports indicate that the suicide bomber was one on the regime's own bodyguards. Rebels insist the suicide attack and fighting of the last three days shows that it isonly a matter of time before the regime crumbles. The regime continues to claim that the rebels are being propped up by outside agencies and Forces.
Syria is a mess. There is no doubt that the Assad regime is way past its sell by date. However the West has shown its hypocritical side once more. Playing games with the Middle East is dangerous and is bound to backfire in the long run.
When is a rebel an insurgent or a terroist. It would seem only if they are on a side not supported by the West. All is fair in love and war? That old chestnut will be used by both sides.
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The Kingdom of Bahrain experienced its own Arab Spring. Since last year the country has experienced undercurrents of unrest but the ruling family have insisted that they are committed to change. This has meant that by and large Bahrain has fallen of the radar as far as reports on civil unrest. It does not mean that all is well in the kingdom of Bahrain though. Far from it.
As the Bahrain Grand Prix gets ready to begin unrest has violently flared yet again.The Bahrain authorities have responded in their usual heavy handed manner to any protests. Youths in some towns away from the capital regularly throw stones at the police who respond with tear gas.
In Manama the Bahraini capital the Grand Prix is due. Whilst the reigning Royal Family claim that it should go ahead their have been many concerns raised. The security and safety of the drivers and their teams must be guaranteed but is that possible? With more protests planned for today that seems unlikely. Protests in Manama are not unknown and can be violent.
UK PM David Cameron Has joined in the debate claiming that Bahrain is not Syria as justification for the race. That statement stems from the fact that the Bahrani rulers are allegedly instigating reform. A year after the Arab Spring though many people in Bahrain are asking, when?
Whilst many claim that holding the race currently in Bahrain is obscene for the protesters it once again brings the eyes of the world onto their plight. The Crown Prince wants the race to go ahead for his own agenda but in doing so it may help the cause of those wanting change. Should the worst happen and security for the race drivers be breached or a protester violently attacked or even killed the race will be political ammunition for the reformists.
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