In an article from IR 149 titled Massacres in Syria, crisis in Iran: The threat of imperialist disaster (https://en.internationalism.org/internationalismusa/201207/5037/massacre...) the ICC acknowledges very clearly that "the Middle East is a powder-keg" of imperialist tensions. This article was written half a year ago today, and it's clear this threat has anything but subsided.
There are a number of new developments which should be of great concern. Just yesterday a Syrian-bound plane from Moscow was forced by Turkish fighter jets to land in Turkey.(http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/11/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE88J0X72...) The Turkish government has claimed they found "Russian-made munitions" bound for the Syrian regime on board. Russia denies this claim, and is taking the incident very seriously. This comes only a few months after an incident in June where according to a Syrian government spokesman, Syrian armed forces loyal to Al-Assad downed a Turkish fighter jet in international waters. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18561219) Turkish and Syrian forces have been exchanging fire somewhat regularly over the past week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19855180)
On the 27th of September, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu literally drew a red line on Iran, claiming if their nuclear program reaches a certain point of development, Israel would attack Iran. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57521658/netanyahu-draws-red-line-on...) Meanwhile, Lebanese militia Hezbollah has just admitted to having launched an Iranian made reconnaissance drone which was downed by Israel in the Negev desert region. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19914441)
This came after an incident earlier in September where the US Ambassador to Libya was killed by people whom Defense Secretary Leon Panetta labeled as "terrorists." (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/27/us-libya-usa-investigation-idU...)
These events in Libya, and the all others mentioned above have changed the tone and even the rhetoric of the US presidential race, which polls show is now much closer than anyone would have predicted just two months ago (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044465780457804899209328742...).
Just earlier this evening, much of the first and only vice-presidential debate was focused on these issues. Paul Ryan, Republican VP candidate and Wisconsin congressmen, claimed that current US President Obama was "asleep at the switch" (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/10/2012101223523359794.html) in regards to Libya and Iran. "Let's just look at this from the view of the Ayatollahs," Ryan said. "What do they see? They see this administration trying to water down sanctions in Congress for over two years. They're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. They're spinning the centrifuges faster."
What does all this amount to? Bad news for the proletariat. I wonder and hope to discuss whether or not the threat of open imperialist war, with possible participation from Israel, Iran, the US, and Russia has reached a boiling point. Every active soldier that I know in the US Army is preparing to be shipped off to Egypt, and the US congress is giving the military money and weapons for which they haven't asked. (http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/09/army-to-congress-thanks-but-no-...) These are indeed frightening times.