Well, whatever tests have come before, the big test is about to take place, as Russia, Iran and Turkey are uniting to break American influence in the greater Middle East and Central Asia using the excuse of the Gaza blockade:
Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran convened at a security summit meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday in a display of regional power that appeared to be calculated to test the United States just days before a scheduled American-backed debate in the United Nations Security Council on imposing tighter sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.But the diplomacy hides the real menace, which is Iran's entry into the Gaza fray openly by sending ships to break the blockade. The first Iranian ship is scheduled to arrive in days. Israel has vowed not to allow any Iranian ships to approach Gaza.
The Iranian game is clear:
If the Iranians approach Gaza, and Turkey joins its new ally in provoking a shooting match with Israel, this President will be tested as never before.
As Iran’s leadership prepares to dispatch a Red Crescent flotilla to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, its propaganda organs are spreading one message throughout the Muslim world: the Jewish state, branded by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “the Zionist stain of shame”, is heading for its inevitable destruction.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said of these aid ships that “if this symbolic campaign continues, it will result in the surrender of the Zionist regime, which will certainly be one of its biggest defeats”....
Believing that its potential adversaries are weak and indecisive, the Khomeinist regime appears determined to push the region to the edge of war and, perhaps, beyond.
Erdogan is on the verge of overplaying his hand. He has stoked tension for his political benefit, but by bringing the Iranians into the fight he has gone too far. Turkey risks isolating itself from the West, as even the Europeans cannot stomach a flotilla escorted by Iran; Turkey also will strain its relations with more moderate Arab nations who view Iran as an even greater threat than Israel.
In the next couple of weeks, we may know what the future of the Middle East will look like, as well as the future of the Obama presidency.
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