Sailing through the Suez
By: Kian Mokhtari
Blimey, the dollar and the euro go belly up against the Swiss franc; Tel Aviv says it’s a "provocation"; Washington winces and it's all because two Iranian warships are on their way to the Suez Canal.
But hardly anyone even spares a second glance when a US and a French aircraft carrier, each the size of a mountain, enter the Persian Gulf trailing an Israeli nuke capable submarine. The US naval fighter jets take high speed runs at Iranian airspace and that is not called a provocation. Even the French Rafael fighters make runs at Iranian naval bases –at least one with disastrous results for the frog leg-munching pilot and his aircraft. But no, that is not a provocation so we are told by the Western "sans tambour ni trompette" media.
But a single deployment of two Iranian naval vessels to the Mediterranean to ensure safety for Iranian commercial shipping as Egypt teeters on the brink of chaos, and howls of foul go up from every Western satellite nation you can find; though granted the nations in question are steadily shrinking in numbers because their glove puppet regimes are falling one by one.
Iranian Navy will take special care not to visit Bahrain; what with its king busy murdering his opponents to save his sorry robes and jalopy throne held up with sticky tape, made in the US and Britain. Of course his secret police's many jailhouses that have been busy torturing his disgruntled subjects for the last four-decades have also done their bit to help his "royal" cause.
The US and environmentalists however, have every right to be concerned about Bahrain. The island serves as a base for the US 5th fleet and is as such the largest convenience facility for the American sailors –incidentally Washington has been known to call ablution "strategic."
For the environmentalists however the concern is what could end up in the waters of the Persian Gulf with tens of thousands of American sailors and airmen denied Bahraini washrooms!
As far as the Iranian Navy is concerned a tour of the Mediterranean might not be such a bad thing for the sailors and officers onboard its ships, as they get a much cherished opportunity to get away from the heat and the humidity of the Persian Gulf waters. Also with the Egyptian military out of sorts for the minute, there's no telling what might happen to the Suez Canal and the commercial shipping thoroughfare. Especially since Britain, France and Israel have had their beady eyes on the control of the canal ever since losing it to its rightful owner, Egypt, in 1956.
But that is neither here nor there; Iranian ships can sail anywhere they want so long as they adhere to the UN laws on high seas. And given the meticulous nature of discipline within Iran's armed forces, no mishaps are likely. Unless of course Tel Aviv is busy yet again with its sorcerers' cauldron packed with endless conspiracies and tricks.
So let Israel be warned that its witches' "double, double, toil and trouble" efforts might backfire. "Let sleeping dogs lie" has always been the best policy in my opinion, having lost a chunk or two of muscle when I woke up the dogs during my childhood.