Did The United Arab Emirates Just Declare War On Greece?

Tyler Durden's picture

Just over 4 months ago, the US was furious as the "mysterious" bloc launching bombing raids on Libya was identified as consisting of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. This weekend saw another "mysterious" bombing raid, but as AP reports, this time it was not on Libya directly but on a Greek-owned tanker ship at the eastern Libyan port of Darna (killing 2 sailors). The Greeks have strongly condemned this "unprovoked and cowardly" act and are taking all necessary steps to identify and punish the perpetrators.


In August, the "mysterious" Libyan bombers were identified...

That party, or rather, parties has been revealed as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which as the NYT reports, "have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam."



But what is surprising is not the intervention: after all, hardly a day passes now when there isn't some small to medium political invasion taking place somewhere, in a world in which newsflow no longer affects anything. It is that both countries decided to roundly ignore advising the one country which previously had made it quite clear it has explicit national interests in Libya: the United States.


The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines.


It gets worse: Egyptian officials explicitly denied the operation to American diplomats, the officials said. It is almost as if the theme of ignoring and/or mocking US superpower status exhibited most recently by both China and Russia, is gradually spreading to even the more "banana" republics around the world.

And now another "mysterious" bombing, as AP reports...

An unidentified warplane has bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship at the eastern Libyan port of Darna, killing two crew members and injuring two more, Greek authorities said Monday.


The Liberian-flagged Araevo was chartered by Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation, Greece's Foreign Ministry said.




Darna is a base for Islamic extremists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Widespread militia violence has plunged Libya into chaos less than four years after a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


The victims were identified as a Greek and a Romanian national. Araevo's crew of 26 consisted of 21 Filipinos, three Greeks and two Romanians.


Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said the vessel had 12,600 metric tons of fuel on board. Damage is still being assessed.

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Greece is not happy...

Greece condemns “unprovoked and cowardly” air strike on Greek-owned tanker Araevo as it was at anchor 2 miles from Derna in eastern Libya, Foreign Ministry says in e-mailed statement.


Vessel was chartered by Libya’s National Oil Corp, had worked for several years without any problems on Mersa El Brega to Derna route


Attack killed one Greek, one Romanian sailor


Greek govt to take all necessary steps with Libyan authorities, despite unsettled situation, to identify, punish perpetrators, pay compensation to victims’ families


Greek Govt in contact with UN special representative in Libya Bernardino Leon and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

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So who did it this time?

One can't help but wonder, if the Saudi/UAE bloc is doing everything in its power to eliminate all competition: from Russia to Venezuela to US shale; why not anyone transacting with a bunch of Libyan terrorists?


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highly debtful's picture

Nah, Brussels is probably behind this one, just sending a message to Tsipras that he would do well to lose the coming elections or Greece is on its own against, well, the rest of the world.

q99x2's picture

They declared war on the US when they worked with Cheney and Rumsfeld to take down the World Trade Centers.

Either the US stops them or the World is going to stop the US.

Moski's picture

"in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam."

So, on one side we have the US and on the other we have Egypt and the UAE.


Dr. Engali's picture

Recent history suggests that Greece will just roll over and take it up the ass, just as they do with the bankers.

noben's picture
noben (not verified) Dr. Engali Jan 5, 2015 10:16 AM

In Italy they call it 'Al Greco' (taking it), and 'Al Arabia' (giving it).

medium giraffe's picture

Collapsing superpowers have a wonderful way of leaving a power vacuum that quickly gets jammed up with dead bodies.  Nice to know things haven't changed much in the last 2000 years.

Hamm Jamm's picture

and the BANKRUPT Greeks will do .....   WHAT ???        give them the stink eye  ... LOL

Not news, don't care about oil wars !



MsCreant's picture

"don't care about oil wars"

Yes, you do. 

NotApplicable's picture

How many accounts have you created in order to upvote your fucking blog spam? So... are you a witting, or unwitting disinfo agent?

WTFUD's picture

UAE little brother to the House of Sodomy and financiers of terrorism. You'll BURN brightly soon you filthy rotten scum.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Retarded story. Neither the UAE nor the Saudi Arabian air forces have the long range warplanes capable of carrying out an attack off the Libyan coast. So the suspects must be much nearer: Egypt, Israel, Libya itself or a country with long range fighter/bombers.

According to the msm, the Libyan airforce is claiming that it carried out the attack because the tanker "aroused suspicion".

"The military spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Mesmari, said the tanker had been targeted because it had failed to submit to an inspection before entering the port."

falak pema's picture

There is this financial site that has very similar views to ZH.

Any links or just coincidence ? They may be running their editorials from same sources.

Slowly but surely Europe is figuring out that as a result of the western economic and financial blockade of Russian, it is Europe itself that is suffering the most. | InvestmentWatch

Bunga Bunga's picture

Calm down, just a measure by friendly forces to reduce overproduction in the wrong place.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Why is this even newsworthy when Saudi Arabia declared unofficial war on Russia in 2013 when Putin met with who we think was Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan only to have several dozen killed inside it's Country at the end of that year when Russia refused it's deal over taking out Assad in Syria!

Russia should have used the weapons Greece doesn't have and wiped Saudi Arabia's "tents' off it's sand and made Riyadh a glass skating rink for it's children!

FrankieGoesToHollywood's picture

Saudi seems to be putting Putin in a hurt locker for the moment with oil at $50.  Your move Putin.

Besides, Putin does not want a shooting war with Saudi.  he has a better chance at taking over Iowa than going into Saudi Arabia uninvited.

FrankieGoesToHollywood's picture

This has been a problem since man first discovered boats.  You need to protect your boat with a ship full of guns and marines.  Sadly, Greek navy is not in a position to protect their tankers.  Strange, Greece used to have a navy worth something.

p00k1e's picture

Everyone is overlooking the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 

The U.S. is a Democratic Republic. 

combatsnoopy's picture

I thought we were still blaming Putin for everything.  Sorry, I lost the memo. 

Zodiac's picture

This just complicates matters and doesn't answer the question WHY?


czarangelus's picture

ISIS trying to drive up oil prices? After all, their pocketbook must be hurting, and there's no telling how long the CIA pay will hold...

shovelhead's picture

Libyan Air Force does a 'Stop or I'll shoot'.

I guess turning off your lights and trying to ditch the cops is a bad idea when the get-a-way vehicle is oil tanker.

Those wacky ragheads...


Buster Cherry's picture

 "Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines."


WTF? Other countries have to get our permission to bomb the shit out of each other??

Who the fuck do we think we are?

shovelhead's picture



That's who we are.

Sub MOA's picture

Hey they need "our" permission to become a nation state too  ie; Palestine  no one escapes the jews permissions you here no one !

SunnyDD's picture

OPS. Some one just bombs some Voters. hehehehe, vote right MF.

shovelhead's picture

At least we know one Greek who will be getting more than ten cents on the Euro for his assets.

Madcow's picture

Istanbul was Constantinople now its Istanbul not Constantinople …  Maybe its just time for Southern Europe to go back to the Moors. Just for the next 500 years or so – then its back to the West – after the Moors have destroyed their own economy and currency.

gcjohns1971's picture

Interests always form national governments and national identities.

But national governments and national identies don't always reflect a single set of Interests.


I am saying that it is proper to see a nation as a collection of interests, but that it is a mistake to identify a collection of interests as a nation.  The interests go on even when they may no longer control the government, or even if they never controlled a government.

What is important is to understand that a government or a nation is NEVER a collective including YOU...unless you are an oligarch, and then only temporarily.  A government is not your creed, not your class, not your tribe. 

This is the number one misunderstanding people have about nations.

They believe, because they are taught, that THIS nation and government is "US" and THAT one is "THEM".  The factual, observable, truth is that except for a fraction of 1% of the population, both nation and government are THEM.

Ewtman's picture

Bad things happen when social mood sours.  That Saudi Arabia could be playing both ends against the middle is not such a stretch...





Hannibal's picture

The Russian did it!

Jano's picture

the US was furious as the "mysterious" ......

as if the cia did not know......every movement of every jet fighter Made In USA is monitored by CIA.....
Technically illiterate person wrote the article.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Time to go long MBDA (manufacturer of the Exocet)

theyjustcantstop's picture

citizens of the world, you need to take notice, and ask questions.

do you know how many govt.'s of the world had to know about this, and give approval, or turn a blind eye, and show plausible deniability, to let this happen.

lets just start, this is one the most monitored air-spaces in the world by, uae, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, us, and nato, (eu countries), so who gains from this.

it's not a follow the money case, in nwo agendas, and geo-political warfare, the prize is, power, through control of countries, and their citizens, is of upmost importance, we've witnessed the ability, and seemingly authority to print trillions in currency, and manipulate all markets, so money is down the list of reasons, it's just another tool, as a means to the nwo ends.

ok, my guess, nato, (eu.'s enforcement arm right now is giving Greece an offer they can't refuse), stay in our gang, and this won't happen again.

for all of the afore mentioned countries, it's a nwo agenda win. 


are we there yet's picture

Saudi has always been low key and behind the curtain in their actions.  Recently they have done increasinly open and extreme things with the price of oil, expressions of anger, among others.  Something stressful is happening in the Saudi cartel family.