Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tension Ratchets Up Between Egypt and Hezbollah, Iran




We saw Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah the other day take a shot at the Egyptians - not just criticizing for lack of action in the Gaza conflict but in essence, trying to stir up the Egyptian people to revolt against the government...and since that statement, the Egyptians have been firing back verbal assaults on Hezbollah and now Iran. If one thing is obvious in this latest operation by Israel on Iran-backed Hamas in Gaza, it is the fact that the Sunni nations of the Middle East have drawn a line in the sand in their disdain for the Iranians and their influence in the Middle East. Here's some of the details of the commentary by Egyptians from the article at Reuters:



Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit mocked the military records of Iran and the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim movement Hezbollah in an escalating war of words over Egypt's cooperation with Israel in the blockade of Gaza.
Aboul Gheit, in an interview with Egyptian television broadcast on Monday night, said Hezbollah destroyed Lebanon in 2006 and that its Katyusha rockets and rocket-propelled grenades were nothing compared to the Egyptian army.
Addressing Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, he said: "You are a man who used to enjoy respect, but you have insulted the Egyptian people."
The Egyptian minister also attacked Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who criticised Arab governments on Monday for their lack of response to Israeli raids which have killed some 348 Palestinians in Gaza.
"It's as if hundreds of thousands of Iranians shed their blood over the last 30 years," he said, referring to the Egyptian view that its army bore the brunt of the suffering in wars with Israel for the sake of the Palestinians.
Egypt fought four wars with Israel between 1948 and 1973, losing tens of thousands of soldiers. In 1979, it became the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state.

You can see where Arabs in the Middle East have about had it with criticism that flies from Tehran - the Egyptian minister is basically saying, "hey Ayatollah, how many Iranian lives have been lost in fighting the Israelis over the years?" And of course that is true - the Iranians are the chicken shits of the muslim world and the Arabs very well know it. The last war that Iran fought was against neighbor Iraq and they nearly got their asses handed to them.

I'm not sure the Israelis dreamed all of this infighting between islamist countries and groups would come about due to Operation Cast Lead but they must be grinning from ear to ear knowing that the division among the islamists has never been greater. On a scale of 1 to 10, the success of the Israeli operation has got to be rated at an 8 as of now.



Egypt mocks Iran, Hezbollah on military record

CAIRO, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit mocked the military records of Iran and the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim movement Hezbollah in an escalating war of words over Egypt's cooperation with Israel in the blockade of Gaza.
Aboul Gheit, in an interview with Egyptian television broadcast on Monday night, said Hezbollah destroyed Lebanon in 2006 and that its Katyusha rockets and rocket-propelled grenades were nothing compared to the Egyptian army.
Addressing Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, he said: "You are a man who used to enjoy respect, but you have insulted the Egyptian people."
The Egyptian minister also attacked Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who criticised Arab governments on Monday for their lack of response to Israeli raids which have killed some 348 Palestinians in Gaza.
"It's as if hundreds of thousands of Iranians shed their blood over the last 30 years," he said, referring to the Egyptian view that its army bore the brunt of the suffering in wars with Israel for the sake of the Palestinians.
Egypt fought four wars with Israel between 1948 and 1973, losing tens of thousands of soldiers. In 1979, it became the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state.
"There are Iranian motives driving Arab parties to play in the interests of Iran," the minister added.
Nasrallah, whose guerrilla forces withstood the Israeli invasion of south Lebanon in 2006, angered the Egyptian government with a speech on Sunday calling on Egyptians to take to the streets in protest at Egyptian policy.
Aboul Gheit replied: "Egypt is big and strong and no one outside it can move anything inside it. Egypt moves when the Egyptian people and the Egyptian leadership ask it to."
The minister also lashed out at accusations that Egypt has obstructed the delivery of emergency aid from Arab governments to the people of Gaza through the Gaza-Egypt border.
"The allegations are many, the injustice is obvious and the plotting is clear," he said.
But he later called for calm between Arabs. "There is much pulling and pushing in the Arab arena which requires much wisdom and calm for us to protect the (Arab) nation, which is going through extremely difficult circumstances," he said.
He said plans for an Arab summit should wait until Arab foreign ministers have met in Cairo on Wednesday.

2 comments:

Sharku said...

Isnt it funny how every one of these asshats call for someone else to go to the pali's rescue? How the other guy is shirking his islamic duty.

Holger Awakens said...

Yeah Shark...lotta big talk from a lot of these asshats but I'm not seeing a whole lot of ass being put on the line.

It's always been this way.

:Holger Danske