A gathering storm.Byline: The Register-Guard
Signals that the Middle East is spiraling toward regional crisis intensified last week with dangerous developments in Syria, Iran, Israel and the West Bank. Positive moves that kindled kin·dle 1
v. kin·dled, kin·dling, kin·dles
a. To build or fuel (a fire).
b. To set fire to; ignite.
2. hopes for a resumption of the peace process have been smothered smoth·er
v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
a. To suffocate (another).
b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
2. by bodies, blood and anti-Semitic belligerence bel·lig·er·ence
A hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination; belligerency.
the act or quality of being belligerent or warlike
Perhaps more worrisome, the Bush administration is so preoccupied domestically with a botched botch
tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To ruin through clumsiness.
2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
3. To repair or mend clumsily.
1. Supreme Court nomination and mounting opposition to the war in Iraq that it remains to be seen if it can respond effectively to the fires breaking out on all fronts in the Middle East.
In retaliation for an Islamic Jihad Noun 1. Islamic Jihad - a Shiite terrorist organization with strong ties to Iran; seeks to create an Iranian fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon; car bombs are the signature weapon suicide bombing Noun 1. suicide bombing - a terrorist bombing carried out by someone who does not hope to survive it
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
suicide bombing n → that killed five Israelis in the main outdoor market in Hadera, Israeli aircraft blew up a car carrying Islamic Jihad leader Shadi Mhanna in the Jabalya refugee camp. The missile strike also killed six other Palestinians and served notice to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel's patience had run out with his ineffective efforts to rein in to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; - to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.
See also: Rein Rein militants.
As if the bloody collapse of the promising truce between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon weren't ominous enough, Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad provoked global outrage with a barbaric call for Israel to be "wiped off the map." World leaders were quick to condemn the unconscionable Unusually harsh and shocking to the conscience; that which is so grossly unfair that a court will proscribe it.
When a court uses the word unconscionable to describe conduct, it means that the conduct does not conform to the dictates of conscience. anti-Semitism, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair shot to the heart of the matter when he said, "Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon?"
It isn't hard for Israelis to imagine such a scenario. Israel has more to fear than any other nation from a nuclear-armed Iran. Shocking as his remarks were, the radical Islamist Ahmadinejad was essentially echoing the doctrine of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. Khomeini on numerous occasions called for the destruction of Israel by any means possible.
Iran represents more than a potential nuclear threat to Israel. Ahmadinejad heaped praise on Palestinian suicide bombers in his incendiary INCENDIARY, crim. law. One who maliciously and willfully sets another person's house on fire; one guilty of the crime of arson.
2. This offence is punished by the statute laws of the different states according to their several provisions. speech, just hours before the Islamic Jihad bombing in Hadera. Islamic Jihad receives much of its funding from Tehran. The small terrorist organization denies Israel's right to exist and has declared war on all Israelis, military and civilian.
Islamic Jihad has another significant regional connection: It's headquartered in Damascus, where it and like-minded groups such as Hezbollah receive support from President Bashar al-Assad's regime. But Syria now stands accused in a United Nations report of involvement in the February assassination Assassination
See also Murder.
Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]
conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Assad insists Syria had nothing to do with Hariri's assassination, but he faces mounting international pressure to cooperate with the U.N. investigation.
The stakes for the United States couldn't be higher. Effective pressure and deft diplomacy could create positive changes in Syria's role in the volatile Middle East. Likewise, with Ahmadinejad's uncivilized threats bringing universal condemnation of Iran and renewed alarm about its nuclear ambitions, a window has opened for progress in containing Iran's nuclear program.
At the same time, without quick U.S. intervention, the February truce between Abbas and Sharon and the potential offered by Israel's pullout pull·out
1. A withdrawal, especially of troops.
2. Change from a dive to level flight. Used of an aircraft.
3. An object designed to be pulled out.
Noun 1. from Gaza are certain to be lost opportunities to restart peace talks.
These developments will test the diplomatic mettle of President Bush and the people he has chosen to help him govern. The president has made his task immeasurably harder with an unnecessary and divisive war that drains the treasury and isolates the nation from important allies. Furthermore, it isn't lost on those who seek to inflame tensions in the Middle East that the U.S. military's attention is fully focused on Iraq.
The president correctly maintains that peace in the Middle East is of vital importance to U.S. strategic interests, both military and economic. Events now demand a U.S. response designed to protect that peace.