The puff of smoke as the rocket hits the ship is unmistakable. The muttered invocation of “Allahu akbar” on the video soundtrack declares the attacker’s ideology. What the strike will mean for the Suez Canal, the world’s most militarily sensitive stretch of water, is not so easy to judge.
The Sinai Peninsula is the scene of a murderous, often eccentric, but dangerous war that is spilling over its boundaries – marked, on the western side, by the Canal. Besides Egypt itself, Israel, America and world’s leaders are anxiously watching its apparently irresistible spread.