Why will iptables not start?

Solution In Progress - Updated -

Issue

  • The iptables service will not start, even though it is configured to start at boot and none of the kernel modules are blacklisted
  • There is no error seen, simply Firewall is stopped:
    [root@rhel5u11 ~]# service iptables start
    [root@rhel5u11 ~]# service iptables status
    Firewall is stopped.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5

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