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Kuwait Experts Fear An October Surprise

In an article appearing in the Kuwait Times, military experts from that nation predicted there is a strong possibility of war by November or even by mid-October. Many believe Tehran will be devastated by an unprecedented air assault such as previously never undertaken against any nation. However, these experts are still debating if the United States would place itself in a situation requiring opening a third front in addition to Afghanistan and Iraq while few believe Israel has the military capability of pulling off such an air attack on its own.

Kuwait is worried an attack on Iran will result in closing the Straits of Hormuz and block its export of oil. They envision, Kuwait has three alternatives if the sea route is blocked. One would be sending oil through Saudi Arabia, another is through Iraq pipelines that lead to Syria and the Mediterranean and the other is via a pipeline to Oman. However, none of these alternatives is as yet a possibility and such an approach would require years of construction.

There is no good scenario if an air assault is undertaken. The Middle East would be plunged into new terrorist activities for years to come.

Sudan Rebel Leader Charges Government Behind Attacks On UN Forces

A million people in Darfur are homeless and countless thousands dead, beaten or raped, but the world still is unable to compel Sudan’s Islamic government to take action for peace. Sudan rebel leader Abu Wahid al-Nur charged the recent attack on troops from the African Union in which ten were killed stemmed from actions by the Sudan government. Al-Nur believes the attack was sending a message to the United Nations not to dispatch a large force to the Sudan.”This was an attack by the Khartoum government and (allied janjaweed) militias to send a message to the international community not to send troops. But all Darfurs want the UN force to protect them.” He also claimed planes from the Sudan government recently bombed and destroyed a village. Al-Nur said he would refuse to attend meetings until the UN finally sends in sufficient troops who can ensure peace and stability are established in the Sudan. A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: “We always knew we were going into a hostile environment.”

Months and years have passed while the killings go on in Darfur while the world talks and debates and raises money to care for people. From the beginning it was clear the government of the Sudan was behind the janjaweed and attacks on innocent people. The wold uttered a few words of protest, but China and other nations felt they could not upset the Sudan government because it would interfere with getting their oil. There will be no change in what is happening in Darfur until a powerful UN force supported by an air force are on the ground and ready to fight. The Sudan government must be shown reality that further attacks on civilians will be met by armed forces.

Syrian President Bashar Assad Won’t Retaliate

Bashar Assad, president of Syria claimed the recent Israeli air attack on his nation only resulted in damage to a deserted building. He argued Syria had he right to retaliate, but would not take advantage of that right because his nation seeks peace with Israel. Assad also noted Syria might attend the upcoming American sponsored Middle Eastern conference if there was a real possibility of dealing with substantive issues like the Golan Heights.

President Assad runs a right dictatorship in Syria, but he also may well have pragmatic needs for his nation. Return of the Golan Heights is a symbolic issue for his people and his willingness to discuss peace with Israel if he can secure its return is a healthy indication peace is possible. It is ironic that Assad, the dictator, is discussing issues of peace while a democratic Israel is discussing needs for war.