Syria: The Micro World War

by | Mar 18, 2017


Wow, who knew that the Israeli air force was running ops in Syria? In the news Friday, Israel is bragging that they intercepted and downed a Syrian SAM that was sent up after one of its planes. Israel says they’re in Syria to hit Hezbollah’s version of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Okay, now we’ve got Israel running its own airstrikes in there, Turkey also from time to time, Russia we know, the United States we know, and Iran when they find spare parts for their F-4 Phantoms. Plus the Syrian air force, of course. Hmmm…several nations involved in one war. Sounds like a micro world war to me.

Now this is just all up in the air, so to speak. But let some of those aircraft bump into one another, and someone panics and turns loose of a AAM or a burst from his 20mm cannon and this little air show could turn into dogfight city with detours through SAM Alley. You can’t have this many aircraft all operating in there before, sooner or later, something is going to happen. But more to the point, Israel in there is the joker in the deck that could really heat things up.

Israel can pull off ops like when they took out Saddam’s Osirak nuclear power plant. While they couldn’t say so out loud, most of the Arab states were quietly relieved that Saddam couldn’t get a hold of a nuclear weapon. But as far as sticking its mitts into a war that is in Syria and does not concern Israel, that could blow up badly. Israel SAYS this is about Hezbollah, but can they be believed? If that SAM had caught up with that Israeli plane and the pilot punched out and got captured by Syrian ground forces, we’d have seen some serious escalation. And that is exactly what’s going to happen if Israel is not ordered out of the pool ASAP.

Not that Israel being told to leave the party will stop this world war from continuing and escalating. The United States now has at least one heavy artillery firebase in Syria running 155mm howitzer fire missions. They came in there with up-armored Humvees and Stryker APCs, too. Plus, there’s a U.S. military “reaction force” squatting over in Kuwait on stand-by. And this all began because Assad needed to be removed??!! Oh, come on! There’s got to be more to it than that.

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