Israel, Iran, Hizbullah, Syria… America Not So Much

NEW ISRAELI F16I SUFRA FIGHTERS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL

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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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking the other day how foolish it was to overthrow Kadaffi. What was that all about? He was contained. My friend in Oak Ridge TN was telling me about all the stuff coming in there that he had been using to develop a bomb.
     
    So he is overthrown and in gratitude, they kill our ambassador and 2 brave Navy SEALs who didn’t even have to be there.
     
    I would like to think that Obama is more naive than having some “master plan” – his initial inclination is to always do nothing.
     
    Unlike Kadaffi Assad does represent a threat – an alignment with Iran. But thanks to the inaction of Obama & Crew, the rebels had to turn to al Queda for help.
     
    So today, as Robert says, it is like having 2 scorpions in a bottle.
     
    Which one do you want to help?

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    • sennacherib
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

      Bill: “I was thinking the other day how foolish it was to overthrow Kadaffi. What was that all about?” My guess it was an act to burnish his foreign policy and military credentials.  Kadaffi probably seemed ideal, already defanged militarily, no real international friends, and the Europeans would be there for bi-partisan cover. Should’ve been easy money by their calculations.

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  2. Vixen
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Robert, 
    I wasn’t quite sure if I should post this link here, but it seemed as good a place as any. (My apologies if I’ve stepped out of bounds.) Hope you and others here will check out this essay. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/benghazi-they-were-all-wrong-and-i-was.html
    The quote from it that grabbed my attention… big-time:
    “I have no doubt at all that Obama has two linked agendas: The destruction of Israel and the ruin of the United States. Everything he has done since entering office has been directed toward these goals. To that end, he and his allies in the NWO have empowered the Muslim Brotherhood, the New Caliphate if you will, and set the fall of western civilization in motion.”

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  3. antoineclarke
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I support tyrannicide. Ceausescu, Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafy. i shall drink a toast to the next former Soviet puppet to fall. Sic semper tyrannis!
    what people do with their freedom is another issue. I agree that we shouldn’t assume that because a tyrant is dead, therefore there is more safety or liberty, a least in the short term.

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  4. Bob
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    The United States has no business getting militarily involved in Syria.  If they want to kill each other off, that is their business.  However, Israel has every right to defend itself against the evil monsters seeking her destruction.  The U.S. should do everything possible to help her do that, but I have every confidence that Obama and his cronies will do all they can to undermine the Israelis.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

      Seraphic Secret has said repeatedly that America should not get militarily involved in Syria. There is no moral imperative to choose between two scorpions. But America should aid Israel, in every way possible, in bombing the Iranian nuclear facilities into oblivion. Because ultimately, that’s where the entire endgame leads.

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      • Nickie Clifford
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

        Robert, not simply AID Israel – but LEAD the eradication of the Iranian nuclear facilities. Our fates are intertwined vis-à-vis the Islamist issue. Why foist the brunt of heavy lifting on our ‘little brothers’ – the Israeli’s? 

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  5. Posted May 6, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I watched the last video on the “several explosions on Mt. Qassioun” link and that last video looked (to me anyway) like the typical “munitions cooking off” explosion. Those are the secondary explosions caused by explosives detonating AFTER the initial attack. It’s usually caused by the intense heat (of the initial explosion and/or resulting fires) causing the missiles’ warheads or propellant to become unstable and detonate. (hence the “cooking off” reference).
     
    Well done, IAF.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

      I’ve spoken to several military experts and they all agree with your assessment.

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      • sennacherib
        Posted May 7, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        Yep, sympathetic explosion is another way of saying it. Or as we used to say they found some goodies. Judging from the video the filmers were about two miles away. Anyway it’s something to remember when you see someone in a movie outrunning an explosion.

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    • kgbudge
      Posted May 8, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Israel: Doing the dirty but necessary jobs no one else will.

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      • Nickie Clifford
        Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        kg, as I’ve mentioned here previously, the Israeli’s “take care of business” (bit of a difference between our weak-kneed President and Bibi, eh?). I admire this little nation so very much.

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