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Monday, February 21, 2011

At the Suez Canal, a sign from God?

If there's a connection between these two events, no one in a position of authority has said so explicitly. But the passage of those two Iranian warships through the Suez Canal has been delayed to Wednesday. And around 3:00 am on Monday (recall that ships start moving through the Canal at 6:00 am), an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the entrance to the Suez Canal.
The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research reported that tremors from the 3 a.m. quake lasted for 27 minutes, but caused no damage.

The ships had originally been expected to enter the Suez today (Monday), but Egyptian officials announced the delay this morning, without explanation.

Iran inexplicably announced Sunday morning that two of its warships had crossed the Suez, a report that was thoroughly denied by Egyptian authorities. Iranian media did not mention the ships on Monday, and the false report may have been for local consumption.

No Iranian ship has been allowed to pass through the Suez Canal since Iran's 1979 overthrow of the Shah and Egypt's signing of a peace treaty with Israel the same year.

Egypt’s agreeing to allow Iranian ships to pass through the Suez is seen by many analysts as a signal that the new regime in Egypt is leaning towards ties with Iran, but Suez Canal officials have pointed out that an international convention requires it allow passage to all ships.Egypt has reportedly agreed to allow the Iranian boats to pass through the canal en route to Syria. The Obama administration is concerned about “what’s the cargo on board, where is it going, to whom, for what benefit," U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. Iran has said that the ships are headed for Syria for training, Crowley commented, as laughter was heard in the audience: “My initial response to that would be that we’re highly skeptical of that claim.”
I'm glad that Crowley is finding humor in this situation. What could go wrong?

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At 5:33 PM, Blogger Neshama said...

What if there were some type of explosives being transported, and if they had entered exactly when the earthquake struck? Maybe this happened to avoid a catastrophe? While the other possibility sounds more interesting, we don't always know what is really going on.

I read on Debka that the Iranians want to establish a naval base in Beirut! This is very dangerous.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Neshama said...

Well, devious has the real news about this. It seems there was a staring match between the Iranian boats and America's FIVE warships. That was he delay. WOW. Something good for a change.


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