Are the New Cuban Missile Crisis in the Making?

An Iranian naval ship travels through the Suez Canal near Ismailia, some 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo February 22, 2011

The growing tensions between Iran and Israel have taken a new turn as Iran claimed earlier today that its warships were entering the Mediterranean. Many consider this as a symbolic gesture demonstrating the ‘show of power’ by Tehran in the backdrop of the visit of a high-level American official to Israel.

Commander of the Iranian Navy, Admiral Habibollah Sayari while announcing the forward movement of the warships said, “The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the (1979) Islamic Revolution.” He, however did not share as to how many ships had passed through the canal or even what missions they were commissioned to execute in the Mediterranean.

Optimistic analysts around the world are speculating that the ships could be on their way to Syria, where Iran is openly supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against the civilian up rising. However, the fact that Iran has chosen this specific point in time to mobilize its naval warships is testament of the fact that the new age of Cold War seems to have in fact commenced. Even if the warships dock at the Syrian port, uncertainty vis-a-vis the mission of the ships’ movement encouraged by the Iranian government at a time when tensions between Iran and Israel are at their peak makes one almost certain about the true designs behind this sudden development.

Moreover, one cannot help but compare the current events with the original Cold War period when the United States of America and the then USSR gave life to numerous theaters of violence around the globe. The tricky part however, about the current crisis is that if the movement of Iranian warships into the Mediterranean leads to a Cuban-Missile-Crisis fashioned scenario, the theaters of violence will engulf the two protagonists themselves first before spreading across the length and breadth of the entire Middle East.

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/02/2012

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