Saturday, July 15, 2006

Syria Next?

The excelent Egyptian blog Big Pharaoh seems to think so and seems to think it is about time. The pan-Arab daily newspaper Al Hayat reported that Israel informed Syria's Assad that a regional war would erupt in 72 hours if his country didn't prevent Hezbollah attacks.

According to the report, a Pentagon source said that if Syria does not try to influence Hezbollah, Israel could bomb essential installations in Syria. The source neither confirmed nor denied rumors that Israel had given Damascus 72 hours to comply with international demands.

According to analysts and senior officials in Syria, Damascus is aware of the threat of an Israeli strike. In recent days, senior officials warned Israel against attacking. Lawmaker Muhammad Habash stated that if Damascus is attacked, another front would open on the Golan Heights. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Israel against attacking Syria.

He writes: Just like its ally Iran, Syria doesn't like fighting its own wars, it prefers proxy wars, surrogates fighting on its behalf. Yet it wets its pants when the barrel is pointed at it. This is what the Turks understood.

Syria encourages Hezbollah to "liberate" the Shabaa Farms, it supports Hamas in Palestine, and it allowed "Mujahideen" into Iraq, yet it never allows a fly to go fight the Israelis in the Golan Heights which Israel occupied in 1967. Syria doesn't want the barrel to point at it. Read it all.

ADDITIONAL: Jordan and Egypt both pointing fingers of blame at Hezbollah.

Last but not least, the Lebanese Blogger Forum has some definitions to share. Just a taste to whet the appetite.

When you attacked without being provoked, you are a resistance movement. When you sacrifice a country for your agenda, you are righteous.

Tribal Mentality:
So, you cross into a sovereign nation, kill some of their soldiers and kidnap others. Of course you're justified, they're soldiers. That's what they're there for.

What, the nation wants retribution? Murderers! Imperialists! Zionists! Leave me alone, I don't want to play anymore. Wait, how about I trade you my soldiers for yours? That's fair? No? Maaaaaaaa! The big bad zionist doesn't want to let me play... Maaaaaa!