June 13, 2010
Sea Battle Looming In Middle East?Topics: Iran, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries
It should come to no one's surprise that Iran is inviting a war at sea in the Middle East and using a flotilla to Gaza as an excuse to do it.
Express.co.uk reports(emphasis added) :
In a provocative move the Iranian Red Crescent was this weekend due to send two vessels packed with food and medical aid and 70 relief workers.Let there be no doubt about Iran's purpose and intention. And as for the "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza - it flat out doesn't exist. The "crisis" is nothing more than propaganda for Iran, Hamas, and their fellow Islamists. The only hardship facing the people of Gaza is Hamas - and that problem is of their own making - the Gazans elected them into power.
A third ship, carrying an operating theatre, could follow.
President Ahmadinejad raised the spectre of a sea battle as he warned the ships would be carrying an escort of "volunteer marines" ready to "teach Israelis a lesson".
Ali Shirazi, the Revolutionary Guard's spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it was "Iran's duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza". Foreign Secretary William Hague described the intervention as "unhelpful".
The blockade has been in place since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2006 despite inter national concern about a humanitarian crisis.
And by the way, guess who thinks the Gaza blockade should stay in place? How about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - and Egypt (H/t - Hot Air)
Posted by Richard at June 13, 2010 11:16 AM
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