The Middle East becomes curiouser

Events and players in the region are refusing to conform to any rational pattern

by Norman A. Bailey  |  February 12, 2013  |  ARTICLES

It is well-known that Alice found things in Wonderland becoming "curiouser and curiouser." The Middle East is the new Wonderland and things are indeed becoming "curiouser."

There either was or was not an explosion at the Iranian nuclear facility Fordo. Iranian defectors insist that there was. The Iranian government says there wasn't. Nothing apparently can be seen from space to indicate any such event.

The Syrian Minister of Defense declares that the Israeli attack, which may or may not have destroyed a Syrian army research and development center and apparently did destroy a convoy which was either on its way to the Lebanese border, or hadn't left yet, presumably carrying chemical and/or biological weapons or maybe missiles, will not result in Syrian retaliation. The minister says the opposition is controlled by the Israelis and is providing them with intelligence. The opposition says that the Israelis are supportive of the Assad government and the attack was made with the knowledge and support of the government, pointing to the lack of response to the attack.

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