Syria: worse to come

These days there is much talk in anticipation of 'Geneva 2', the forthcoming  international Syrian peace conference; equally, there are many indications that regional war looms and talks about peace may be just a cover.

On Saturday Hassan Nasrallah announced that Hezbollah will continue to back the Syrian regime, and confirmed that he will stand by Assad in the face of 'takfi'r forces.

Meanwhile, Turkey's deputy prime minister has branded Hezbollah the 'devils party' and Israel is exercising its military arm in readiness for attack.

This series of events reflects the widespread tensions in the region, and that military, rather than political, solutions will be the order of the day.

June nears, and there are whispers in the Gulf region that it will be the decisive month in the conflict, perhaps we will witness a war against Iran and its allies.

Posting on his Twitter account, Bahraini diplomat Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa described Nasrallah as 'a terrorist who declares war on his nation', asserting that 'he must be stopped in order to save Lebanon'.

Officials in the Gulf States, especially those from smaller countries, rarely condemn Iran and its allies in such strong and clear worded statements. Khalifa seems to know that war is imminent.

Israeli raids on Syria which have targeted munitions stores suspected of supplying Hezbollah are another sign. Strategic analysts affirm that possessing sophisticated weapons will be a game changer that may lead to a defeat for Israel.

Israel's worst fears centre on two types of weapon: SA 17 extreme precision rockets, which can be fitted with chemical warheads, and long range Iranian made Fatah 110 missiles.

The prospect of Hezbollah, or the Islamist militant groups fighting to topple the Syrian regime, getting hold of these weapons is a horror for Israel. These groups are not bound by state structures and imperatives and feel free to take any action in war that they deem necessary.

The region has reached boiling point. The current stalemate is not in the interest of any of the parties involved in the conflict, whether regional or international. And so it is with bitterness and regret I say that the worst is yet to come.