Vol: 113 Issue: 19 Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Kharg. It sounds a little bit like something one might hear on ‘Star Trek’. Like the Borg . . . “resistance is futile . . .” In a case of life imitating art, the Kharg and Star Trek’s Borg may have a few things in common.
The Borg is a collective of mindless drones with only one mission. When the Borg are coming, conflict is inevitable. Resistance is futile.
Israel has learned that the Iranian cruiser Kharg is carrying long-range missiles for Hezbollah which it plans to unload at a Syrian port or Beirut harbor.
US State Department spokesman P.J Crowley said he was “highly skeptical” of the Syrian claim that the two ships’ visit was for training.
“If the ships move through the canal, we will evaluate what they actually do. It’s not really about the ships. It’s about what the ships are carrying, what’s their destination, what’s the cargo on board, where’s it going, to whom and for what benefit,” Crowley told a news conference.
The Kharg is but one of two Iranian warships enroute to the Mediterranean – a passage that Egyptian authorities would never have even considered while Mubarak was in charge. And Tehran wouldn’t have tried.
The warships are still delayed while Cairo and Tehran spar back and forth over Egyptian navy inspection regulations.
In Israel, government and military officials were urgently casting about for a way to prevent those missiles reaching the Lebanese terrorists. Heavy US and Israeli pressure failed to dissuade Egypt’s military rulers from letting the Iranian flotilla through Suez.
So now the waterway has been opened wide for Iran to consign heavy weapons deliveries to Syria and Lebanon – in the first instance, and eventually to try and break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip and bring Hamas the heavy munitions that were impossible to transport through smuggling tunnels.
Here is where I remind everyone that Obama waited twelve days to comment on the Iranian demonstrations that almost brought down Ahmadinejad’s government.
And when Obama did comment, it was to congratulate Ahmadinejad on his electoral ‘victory’, sucking all the wind out of the demonstrator’s sails.
I have to bring that up for context. Obama abandoned America’s thirty-two year alliance with Mubarak with such speed that other Mideast allies, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, characterized it as a ‘betrayal of an ally.’
Were it not for Obama’s eagerness to dump Mubarak like a hot rock, Israel would not be preparing for a potential naval collision at sea with an Iranian warship loaded with long-range missiles.
Tehran wouldn’t have even asked for passage.
Up until now, Saudi Arabia, in close conjunction with Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak, led the Sunni Arab thrust to contain Iranian expansion – especially in the Persian Gulf.
However, the opening of a Saudi port to war ships of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the first time in the history of their relations points to a fundamental shift in Middle East trends in consequence of the Egyptian uprising.
Obama saved Ahmadinejad’s regime in 2009 and lost Mubarak’s Egypt in 2011. Obama was right. Elections have consequences.
Unfortunately, Israel didn’t get to vote.
According to the latest breaking reports from the region, the Iranian warships have not yet entered the Suez Canal, and Egypt could still grant them passage, but neither has yet occurred.
The source said that the two ships neither reached the southern entrance of the canal, nor the waiting area. The source added that the approval could be received at any moment.
Iran’s goal is to start a regional war that it hopes will spread into an all-out conflict between the forces of Islam and the West that will ultimately result in the return of the Mahdi.
Conflict is inevitable.
With Mubarak out of the way, there isn’t any one person in charge to stand up to Tehran’s demand for passage through the Suez.
Resistance is futile.
Tehran has no intention of involving itself directly – that is why it is sending warships loaded with weapons for Syria and Hezbollah where it has positioned its mindlessly anti-Israel drone forces within Syria like Hezbollah and Hamas.
Thanks to Stuxnet, Iran can’t afford to fight Israel directly. Not now. They don’t know what has been compromised and what has not.
Targeted acts of sabotage disrupt, but the real pay-off comes from identifying the human and technical links in the chain of command. Observing who responds – and when – to worm-driven destruction helps illuminate who really runs Iran’s nuclear infrastructures. Real-world Iranian responses offer critical clues as to which scientists, administrators and engineers are trusted and who is suspect. . .
Iran’s nuclear elite and Ministry of Intelligence know this. It is no secret now to the mullahs that their responses to the Stuxnet breach were closely monitored by external intelligence agencies. Their internal security is furiously trying to assess what information might have inadvertently been revealed.
The Iranians can’t even be sure how deeply they’ve been penetrated or what unknown mayhem Stuxnet may have programmed into their other weapons systems.
Thanks to Stuxnet , the Iranians have no way of knowing if their weapons will work until they try to use them. So they are hoping to provoke a fight with their proxy forces instead.
I have no crystal ball. But the Bible says that Iran does not participate in a regional war with Israel. Edom’s war with Israel is ethnic and political at its heart, not religious. Persians share the religion of the Edomites, but not their Arab ethnicity.
According to the Bible, this conflict is between the descendents of Jacob and Esau, or Edom. Scholars are split on whether this war between Jacob and Edom occurs just before or just after the Rapture.
In either case, it would mean the trumpet is very near, indeed.