Bob Carr is at his most arrogant best when he is making an absolute fool of himself. In this case it is the “Australian condemnation of the attacks on two mosques in Lebanon”.
First of all, this Australian could not give a shit about someone blowing up a mosque or two. It means that there are two fewer mosques in the world for the time being. Good. They should all be pulled down anyway.
Second, when one reads of the condemnation it is almost like there is an undercurrent of blame towards Christians in the region, or even against Israelis. I get this impression simply because the fool by the name of Bob Carr was condemning something that is an internal matter to Lebanon.
Third, sometimes looking beyond the headlines helps to clarify what actually happened. This is a point based upon my first two points because the violence in Lebanon at the present time is also related to the violence in Syria. One of the mosques that was blown up belonged to hardline Sunni people – the type who would be assisting the Opposition in Syria. I assume that the second mosque was also a Sunni mosque.
The story only slightly spells out the most likely reason for the bombing of those two mosques. It was a retaliation for a bombing of a mosque or 2 in Beirut which is a Shia and Alawite stronghold.
Australia should not be intervening in this matter. Neither should the Australian government be seen condemning Muslim vs. Muslim violence. No other nation was involved in this whole thing. No other group was involved in the bombing. It was the work of Muslims either way.
As far as tensions in the Middle East are concerned, I will be on the look out for other similar news stories because it might be a tell tale sign as to when the pressure cooker will pop its cork.
In the meantime, I maintain that this is not any coming Armageddon. The Saudis are continuing to hose down the simmering files even though Iran continues to stoke those same fires. However, if that clueless nutcase in the White House makes a decision with regard to Syria that could involve using force against the Assad regime, then it could be game on.