Posted on | May 5, 2013 | 17 Comments
When last we examined the mess in Syria, President Obama was embarrassed that the Assad regime had crossed his “red line” by reportedly using chemical weapons against the rebels (who are, by the way, a dangerous mob of Islamic extremists). And so now the ironic denouement, in headlines via Memeorandum:
Israel Targeted Iranian Missiles in Syria Attack
— New York Times
Israel launches second airstrike in Syria,
targeting weapons shipment
— Washington Post
Israeli warplanes continue to pound Damascus
— Associated Press
So Obama, who has never been credibly accused of doing Israel any special favors, receives an unexpected gift: Bibi Netanyahu gets fed up with living next door to a madhouse, and intervenes to knock the legs from under the Assad regime. And then there’s this:
Assad “to declare war” on Israel
following fresh airstrikes
Reports suggest that Syria’s embattled dictator,
Bashar al-Assad, is shortly set to declare war
on Israel after interventions against the regime
That’s basically a suicide note from Assad. Israel has the most powerful military in the region — the IDF has nuclear weapons, remember — and a war between Syria and Israel can only end one way.
Does the expression “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin” ring a bell?
And what will follow the destruction of Assad? Will we see Israel occupy part of Syria? Will Israel be content to let al-Qaeda-allied jihadists take over in Damascus? Will Syria descend into the sort of “failed state” anarchy we’ve seen in Lebanon?
These are just questions, and I don’t pretend to have the answers. But gee, this “Arab Spring” is working out just peachy, isn’t it?