Syria’s civil war is a standard Arab Muslim blood feud, pitting various clans and tribes against each other in ever-shifting, ever-widening, and ever-confusing configurations. Arab Muslim blood feuds are like Rube Goldberg devices, only drenched in blood, with a single audio loop of “Allahu Akbar.”
Sunni, Shia and Alawite commit atrocities on a daily basis—so far there have been over 70,000 fatalities in Syria, overwhelmingly civilian—and at least a million refugees trudging around. Of course, this should qualify as Islamophobia, but you’ll never hear CAIR or the New York Times come to such an obvious conclusion because that term is reserved for hate-filled Danish cartoonists who draw pictures of Mohammed, or the nasty citizens of Massachusetts who didn’t give the Tsarnaev brothers enough hugs or enough welfare, thus forcing those two nice boys to become IslamoNazi terrorists.
Of course, the Syrian civil war is also part and parcel of the continuing war by the genocidal-yearning Iranians against Israel. Iran wants to wipe the Jewish state off the face of the earth, and Israel—talk about chutzpah—would prefer to keep breathing.
Hizbullah is Iran’s proxy army that now controls Lebanon. They would like to control Syria too. That’s why Iran is using the Syrian civil war to prop up Bashar al-Assad’s regime. At the same time, the mullahs are shipping game-changing weapons into Syria to be used against the opposition and, of course, against the hated Jews.
But unlike Barack Hussein Obama, Israel actually has red lines. It is pounding weapons facilities in Syria and interdicting the flow of weapons from Iran into Syria and Lebanon.
There has been some speculation that Syria will strike back at Israel.
Seraphic Secret believes the chances of this happening are close to zero. Assad’s air force is the only thing that’s keeping him in power. If he were to challenge the IAF, he would lose his entire air force in maybe twenty minutes. It’s more likely that Hizbullah will unleash its arsenal of missiles against Israel and attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
The Optimistic Conservative is a retired US naval intelligence officer with a vast knowledge of weapons platforms who served around the world from 1983 to 2004. Her last operations in the Navy were Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2003. Her analysis of the Syrian civil war, Israel, and America’s no-show in the conflict are sober and trustworthy.
New reporting indicates another attack in Damascus, which demonstrates a profile more consistent with an attack on a facility. The Tower recounts several explosions on Mt. Qassioun, which dominates the northwest quarter of Damascus and houses major weapons facilities. A Russia Today news item stated that the IAF launched 12 missiles into Syria from Lebanese air space; if valid, that report indicates the IAF used Israeli Popeye air-to-surface missiles to conduct the attack. The Popeye has a range of about 50 statute miles (78km), allowing standoff attacks. An ordnance package of this size, and a pattern of multiple, sequential strikes, fit the profile of an attack intended to badly cripple one or more facilities of industrial character, including weapons storage sites.
The explosive weight capacity of the Popeye is also consistent with the character of the explosions seen in the videos at the Tower piece (link above). I do note that the explosions in the videos appear to indicate strikes on above-ground, non-hardened targets. These are only a few of the explosions; there were presumably more.
As with the reported strike near Damascus at the end of January, rumors are circulating almost immediately that the IAF used “bunker busters” in the strike on 5 May.
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