The situation in the Middle East has become extremely volatile over the last few days what with the Israelis killing Palestinians by the score in the Gaza and the US provocatively placing their warships just outside of territorial waters off Lebanon. After months of festering, the Israelis and the US seem set to bring the entire Middle East to a head with the ultimate endgame being the final confrontation between Iran and the US and Israel.
Israel has already launched a murderous onslaught against the Gazan people that has killed scores of civilians and which seems to be a prelude for a full-on invasion of the Gaza that will inevitably cause even more death and misery for the already badly suffering Gazan people. Hundreds, if not thousands, are likely to be killed if the Israelis invade the Gaza.
Meanwhile, the US has placed the USS Cole and other support vessels off shore of Lebanon. The Israelis and the US are clearly anticipating Hezbollah to launch some kind of action against Israel in support of the Palestine fighters in the Gaza and in retaliation of the recent Israeli-orchestrated killing of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh. Israel is likely to respond with yet another massive attack against Hezbollah and the Lebanese people just as they did in July and August of 2006. Already Israel are accusing Hamas in the Gaza of using Iranian supplied missiles against Ashkelon in Israel and no doubt, if Hezbollah do enjoin the fight against Israel, similar accusations will be laid against Hezbollah who, as the Israelis did during the last war, will accuse the Iranians of supplying weapons via Syria, thus providing the excuse the Israelis need to attack Syria. The hope then will be that Iran will come to the aid of Syria thus providing casus belli for the US to attack Iran.
In the event of such a war developing and escalating to this level it may well be that Abbas in the West Bank may loose control over Fatah fighters there who might forget their differences with Hamas and join the fight against Israel in support of their fellow Palestinians in the Gaza and their fellow Arabs fighting in Lebanon against a common enemy.
And all this will happen while the rest of world just sits and lets it happen without a murmur of protest.