More naughtiness in the Middle East

Discussion in 'Syria, Mali, Libya, Middle East & North Africa' started by sunoficarus, Mar 19, 2011.

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  1. We have plenty of room for more asylum seekers...
     
  2. True, their PR man (sorry, PR person) will have told them that they are now nowhere near the front page and they need to stage a spectacular. Bad timing for Hamas - their 54 mortar shells vs 110 Tomahawks in Libya. Next time pick a slow news day.
     
  3. Or possibly Hamas are a bit agitated having had a large arms shipment intercepted by the Israeli Navy in the Med last week on the "Victoria". The ship contained some advanced anti-ship missile systems amongst other things, courtesy of the Iranian regime.
     
  4. Teddy bear being flung in the corner then.
     
  5. Quite possibly.
     
  6. Hamas admits to shelling Israel in retaliation - CBS News

    So it is something expected. IAF bombed Gaza and in turn Hamas fired at Israel. Nothing special.

    However, in the context of the Libyan operation, new bombings of Gaza would trigger a question - why not to impose no fly zone over Israel and Palestine?
     
  7. No oil, old boy, and very few refugees from there make it as far as the UK.

    So very little national interest.
     
  8. Interesting, but Israel seem to get away with a lot, so it seems unlikely.
     
  9. If we weren't so concerned about the impact oil has on our collective economies, we'd not be forced to interfere in the region so much.

    I wonder what would happen if the West were suddenly able to say: "Stuff your oil, and your sandy sh1thole of a region, as it no longer matters to the rest of the world. We won't be giving you any more oil money, or spending our national Blood and Treasure keeping things stable in your neck of the woods. Full Stop. "

    I suspect there would be a brief bit of localised bloodletting, followed by much increased stability and security worldwide. AQ would lose a major revenue stream from it's sponsors in the assorted Arab Kingdoms.

    So, hydrogen/electric cars and nuclear power stations all round?
     
  10. It is rather a theoretical abstract question, not connected to the real life.

    Is the West able to impose no fly zone over Israel from technical point of view? Has it sufficient firepower?
     
  11. Fang_Farrier

    Fang_Farrier LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    If teh West stopped selling spare parts for all the aircraft they sold them then I suppose we could eventually create a no fly zone!
     
  12. Some cynical posters above forgotten that Tony Bliar - World Statesman and Loving and Exciting Husband - will shortly have all this Israel, Lebanon, Palestine nonsense sorted out.

    He 'sorted out' Great Britain and now it is the turn of the states mentioned. Such a pity that he will not have his chief supporters to help: 'Oaf' Brown to 'organise' finances and the odious twerp Mr. Prescott to advise on education, manners and diplomacy.
     
  13. Sadly due to a little wobbly ground trouble in the Pacific recently said nuclear power stations are going to be in short supply for a while. And hydrogen/electric cars need their 'leccy from somewhere and there just isn't enough wind or hydro to do it. Would have been nice though.