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For Barack Obama, Middle East Pressure Cooker Intensifies With Each Unchecked Israeli Move

January 4, 2009

With global respect for the United States at an all time low and hopes in Barack Obama at an all time high, how much more pressure and drama can a new President of the United States tolerate?

Well, Israel, the Middle East and George W. Bush are adding fuel to the proverbial fire.

An Israeli tank enters the Gaza Strip from Israel on a combat mission, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, bisecting the coastal territory and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Photo: AP

Bush’s totally unbowed support for Israel and his deaf ear to pressure from the Arab world has resulted in gridlock in the United Nations Security Council.  It now looks as if the U.N. may not even consider another cease-fire proposal between Israel and Hamas until Tuesday.

The U.S. has blocked two previous cease-fire resolutions.

Many nations would like to see Isreal ordered to agree to a cease fire; but U.S. non-compliance has allowed Isreal to forge ahead in its air, and now ground, assault upon Gaza.

For right or wrong, the U.S. position on Israel is under siege: putting even more pressure on Barack Obama to come up with a solution more people can agree to in the Middle East after he is inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

Maybe Mr. Obama can still replace Rick Warren with a Muslim for the invocation….

 Gaza, Israel Highlight Stark Obama, Bush Differences

 Arab Nations Enraged At U.S. On Gaza, Palestinian Deaths
Gaza: International Community Allowing Isreal To Bleed Hamas?
Gaza and Obama’s “Deafening Silence:” Arabs and Muslims Wonder

In this Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 file photo, Pastor Rick Warren ... 
Rick Warren: Needs an all inclusive prayer…. and a very big rug….

Gaza: International Community Allowing Isreal To Bleed Hamas?

January 4, 2009
The international community, headed by the U.S. and Egypt, is giving Israel time to carry out the ground offensive in Gaza, so it will severely damage Hamas’ regime. The rationale behind such a move is that a weakened Hamas would improve the chances of achieving a stable agreement in Gaza once the fighting subsides.

And so there is a degree of foot-dragging in the diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire. The most visible sign of this was the decision to postpone the United Nations Security Council discussion on Gaza planned for Monday.

Haaretz Newspaper


Smoke from artillery shelling and fires rises into the sky during ... 
Smoke from artillery shelling and fires rises into the sky during clashes between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces on the edge of Gaza City. Thousands of Israeli troops and scores of tanks have advanced into Gaza, battling Hamas fighters and surrounding the main city on a mission to end militant rocket attacks.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

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 Gaza: Israel Strikes Before Bush Departs

Somali pirates target four ships in 24 hours

December 17, 2008

Somali pirates seized three ships and were narrowly thwarted from taking a fourth in one of the worst 24 hours of hijacking in the Gulf of Aden.

By Mike Pflanz
Telegraph (UK)
Two helicopters and a warship were deployed to help crew members of a Chinese cargo vessel who had barricaded themselves into their sleeping quarters after being boarded by nine heavily armed pirates.

The pirates fled after they were fired on from the helicopters, sent by a multinational naval force patrolling off Somalia. The crew of 30 on the Zenhua 4 were released unharmed.

“They were very fortunate, once the ship is boarded, it is very rare for them to fail to hijack it,” said Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting centre at the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier, an Indonesian tugboat, a Turkish cargo ship and a yacht were all hijacked in what was one of the most successful 24 hours for Somalia’s pirates.

The attacks came the day after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution allowing foreign forces, including the British military, to pursue pirates on to Somali soil for the first time and use “all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia”.

File photo shows the French naval ship Commandant Bouan off ... 
File photo shows the French naval ship Commandant Bouan off the coast of Somalia during a mission. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution for the first time authorizing international land operations against audacious, armed pirates sheltering in Somalia.(AFP/Marine Nationale/Ho/File/Aurelie Fava)

This raises the possibility that US soldiers could return to Somalia for the first time since their disastrous pull-out following the deadly Black Hawk Down debacle, when 18 American soldiers died in Mogadishu.

The latest raids push the number of attempted hijackings in the waters between Somalia and Yemen to 124 this year.