“Arab Spring” echoes in Bulgaria?|
On July 18, a bus with tourists from Israel exploded at an airport near the Bulgarian city of Burgas. 8 people were killed and 32 injured.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for this explosion, but the authorities suppose that it was probably set by Islamists.
Some experts link the explosion in Burgas to a recent explosion in Damascus, which killed several high-ranking Syrian officials, including President Assad’s nephew Asef Shawkat. The experts are concerned that the explosion in Bulgaria is an echo of the “Arab Spring”, which seems to start presenting a threat to the whole world, if some radical measures are not taken against this.
Israel has officially announced that allegedly, the explosion in Burgas was set by Iranians, and threatened to take revenge against Iran. The US, which is actively helping the Bulgarian authorities to investigate this case, is accusing Iran as well. As many as three high-ranking US officials have said that they suspect the Iranian radical movement Hezbollah of setting off the explosion.
However, Iran’s authorities are categorically denying that their country has anything to do with this explosion. Hezbollah has given no comments so far.
“Most likely, the explosions in the office of the Ministry of National Security in Damascus and in the airport in Burgas are not directly linked to each other,” Russian political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov believes. “But both events are evidence that the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating further.”
“I believe that Israel is accusing Iran of being behind the explosion at the Bulgarian airport because at present, Israel is trying to make everyone believe that nearly all the evil in the world comes from Iran,” Mr. Lukyanov says. “The reason is that Israel is trying to prepare the world’s public opinion for a possible Israeli-Iranian war. But, still, I don’t think that Israel is planning to start a war against Iran within the next few days.”
At present, the attention of the whole world is aimed primarily at the events in the Arab world. This makes the world to perceive every terrorist act set by Islamists with double concern – and this “inspires” Islamists to carry out new terror acts, in order to make the world be more afraid of them.
Another Russian analyst, Vladimir Sotnikov, says:
“Those who hear the echo of the “Arab Spring” in the explosion in Burgas are probably right. The Islamists are obviously becoming more active – not only in Moslem countries but also in those that are situated rather far from the Moslem world, like Bulgaria. I won’t be surprised if new explosions in non-Moslem countries follow.”
Experts believe that whatever the results of the joint investigation of this case by Bulgaria, Israel and the US may be, most likely, this incident will not lead to a war between Israel and Iran. But if the US and Israel find out that Hezbollah is really behind this explosion, the situation around Iran, which is already aggravated by the US’s and the EU’s sanctions against this country, will probably worsen even further. This will be to nobody’s advantage, except extremists and terrorists.