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The Highly Ironic Syrian End-Game?

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:


Damascus hit ‘by Israeli strikes’

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?




17 Responses to “The Highly Ironic Syrian End-Game?”

  1. Phineas T. Barnum
    May 5th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the LORD helped David wherever he went.—II Samuel 8:6

  2. M. Thompson
    May 5th, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    The Israelis have a very realistic attitude about potential threats.

    It’s what you get when your country is about the size of New Jersey.

  3. The Situation In Syria Is Turning Into Quite A Problem For Obama | The Lonely Conservative
    May 5th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    […] response to Israeli’s airstrikes, Assad says he’s going to declare war on Israel. The Other McCain calls it a suicide note from Assad and brings up some questions that remain […]

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 5th, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    Reality has a way of clarifying action. And with either hard geographic limits or borders with enemies, no more than about a couple hour drive in any direction, reality is staring Israelis in the face all the time.

  5. steveb
    May 5th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    Isaiah 17, perhaps?

  6. Adjoran
    May 5th, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    I don’t see Israel going out of their way to bail out Obama on his “red line” pledge, the thing should be taken at its face, they had intel that Iranian weapons were being transshipped to Hezbollah and decided to cut out the middle man quite literally (see how it works, Mr. VP?).

    Now the Obama Regime is backing off the remark, admitting Obama is too stupid to say “Good morning” without his teleprompters and/or a gaggle of sympathetic sycophantic reporters to help him with the big words.

    A year as President of HLR, 14 years as a “Constitutional Law Lecturer,” ZERO published articles – which must be a record. Now we know why: Obama is just country dumb. He can spin like a slickster, could talk his way out of any high school hijinks like a good con artist, but when the subject requires actual thought processes, he is as lost as a puppy on the freeway.

  7. DaveO
    May 5th, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    This permits Obama to squeeze the Jewish ATM for his “Take Back Congress” campaign by threatening to intervene against Israel. I expect to see OFA and the DNCC coffers to fill up by next Sunday.
    Not a conspiracy – Obama’s aides genuinely don’t know what to do about Syria, Israel (which they are opposed to), or WMD – but the pro- and anti-Israel lobbies will open their checkbooks and the bidding will begin. Obama’s aides are mostly billionaires, so they know about money.

  8. BobBelvedere
    May 5th, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM The Highly Ironic Syrian End-Game? #TCOT

  9. Syria: Of Course, You Know This Means War | hogewash
    May 5th, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

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  10. Bob Belvedere
    May 5th, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    …Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

    Hmmm…sounds good to me.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    May 5th, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    Why do you hate puppies?!?

  12. Quartermaster
    May 5th, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    You beat me to it.

  13. Quartermaster
    May 5th, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I’d bet we’re close to the time that prophecy is fulfilled. Just another sign post of the coming of the kingdom of God.

  14. M. Thompson
    May 5th, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    Because kittens are smart enough to stay away from the freeway.

  15. Bob Belvedere
    May 6th, 2013 @ 9:12 am


  16. Bob Belvedere
    May 6th, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Are you saying, Sir, that I beat puppies?!?

  17. Quartermaster
    May 6th, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    No. Just this Weener Dawg.