Objective: Syria

Signs are pointing in the direction of a Syrian-Israeli conflict.

Yesterday, Hamas fired a crude Kassam rocket into an Israeli neighborhood and something strange happened: The rocket actually injured dozens of Israeli soldiers, some of whom are in serious conditions.

But then something even stranger happened: Israel didn’t retaliate to what a Hamas leader called “A Divine strike”. This is unusual not only because Israel’s military institution is humiliated and itching for a fight, but because the situation in Gaza is politically Ideal for a large scale attack. After all, the strip is run by Hamas so the usual complication of “undermining Mr. Abbas” doesn’t exist, and Gaza is geographically manageable.

So why did Israel choose constraint? According to Alhayat, a pan Arab newspaper, It’s because the Israeli military establishment is mobilized to encounter another threat at the North, and expecting “A Certain Something” to happen with Syria soon.

That comes at the heals of other Syria-related incidences, from the brutal Saudi snub to their Foreign Minister to the mysterious Israeli air strike deep inside Syrian territory that jammed communications across Lebanon, all of which indicate that the “certain something” might be sooner than we think..

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45 thoughts on “Objective: Syria

  1. Ali says:

    don’t worry Syria will do whatever it can so that war won’t happen.

  2. Ghassan says:

    To Ali,
    Yes, “Syria will do whatever it can so that war won’t happen.” But will do anything to re-occupy Lebanon. Syria will do ANYTHING except trying to get the Golan Heights back!

    To the other readers, the news here is that Israel hit a facility “under development or already built” by North Korean personnel. I don’t know what kind of facility (yet!) It looks like Isreal wants to go after the real problem (Iran and Syria) instead of the executor(Hizballah) but they will not happen during Ramadan. October is the month!!!

  3. Ali says:

    To Ghassan,

    I totally agree with you, the maximum thing they can do from their part (other than using hamas or hizbullah) is call in the reserves which is funny, sad, and pathetic (mainly funny, as the lebanese saying states “haydi afleam ma7rou2a”).

  4. _z. says:

    no no! nothing will happen between Syria and Israel…
    Our experience with the region is that every time we think there is going to be something between somebody and someone, BOOM! we get hit instead… and sometimes by both (somebody AND someone).
    So please don’t even think that; I am worried it might come true. And frankly, Lebanese are exhausted!

  5. Sam says:

    Inshallah war will happen between Syria and Israel. As rude as it may seem, most of the Lebanese are eager for it. I hope that this war will cause a regime change and move out the Alawite ruling dictatorship whose in a divine alliance with Persian majous Ayatollahs. It is time for the Lion pretending Assad to prove that he is not a Rabbit as he has been for the last 40 years in the Golan heights.

  6. Bad Vilbel says:

    Indeed, Syria will try to avoid a conflict at all costs, because it will mean the end of the Assad regime.

    Having said that, I wish this sort of thing had happened last summer, when Hezbollah provoked Israel. Instead of Israel reassuring Syria that it had no intention of attacking anything but Lebanon.

  7. anthem boy says:

    i have been worried about an israeli-syrian conflict because of the location of the valley of armageddon. not that i am against the 2nd coming of Christ but…in a way it is a pretty gnarly thought. i have heard over here that the israeli strike was also against a north korean project of some sort (which would most certainly be of nuclear porportions, cause whatelse would they be needed for) which is why the north koreans protested so much about the strike. i also have heard that it was a strike against a weapons shipment heading from iran to hezbollah in southern lebanon and also that it could have been a strike against some kind of chemical weapon. the thing is, that no one is really saying anything. if it wasnt a nuke site or hezbollah related, it seems like syria would be completely outraged. if it was a hezbollah arms shipment, it seems they would be outraged. so why are the north koreas so pissed?? i think everyone is mum on it because if/when it comes out what it really was or what really happened, shit will hit the fan.

  8. anthem boy says:

    i have been worried about an israeli-syrian conflict because of the location of the valley of armageddon. not that i am against the 2nd coming of Christ but…in a way it is a pretty gnarly thought. i have heard over here that the israeli strike was also against a north korean project of some sort (which would most certainly be of nuclear porportions, cause whatelse would they be needed for) which is why the north koreans protested so much about the strike. i also have heard that it was a strike against a weapons shipment heading from iran to hezbollah in southern lebanon and also that it could have been a strike against some kind of chemical weapon. the thing is, that no one is really saying anything. if it wasnt a nuke site or hezbollah related, it seems like syria would be completely outraged. if it was a hezbollah arms shipment, it seems they would be outraged. so why are the north koreas so pissed?? i think everyone is mum on it because if/when it comes out what it really was or what really happened, shit will hit the fan.

  9. Jester says:

    Israel warns Syria; Syria warns Israel. Lebanon gets bombed. No one ever learns.

  10. Lalebanessa says:

    It seems things are pointing towards a nuclear facility that was being built by the North Koreans for the Syrians.

    As for a war between Syria and Israel, I seriously doubt that will happen in the near future, both sides are too cowardly to face the cost of a real army to army conflict.

    Anyway, we all know that Israeli-Arab wars are only allowed to take place in Lebanon now.

  11. Solomon2 says:

    we all know that Israeli-Arab wars are only allowed to take place in Lebanon now

    That is a very serious miscalculation. Israel does not ensure its continued survival by allowing its hostile neighbors to build up their military power until they can crush or wantonly kill citizens of the Jewish State. That’s why Israel pre-emptively attacked in 1967, why Israel invaded Lebanon in the 70s and 80s, and why Israel was satisfied with reducing Hezbollah last year rather than a crushing victory…

  12. The Zionist says:

    Theres not going to be a war – no one wants it

    Not Israel or Syria

    The biggest looser over the next 5 years will be the Saudis.

    Most Americans despise them as backstabbers, and mr bush will be long gone from washington

    Amazing how the biofuel car is being “fast-tracked” for production in detroit

  13. Don Cox says:

    “Amazing how the biofuel car is being “fast-tracked” for production in detroit”

    That kind of thing should have been set as top priority immediately after 9/11. I think Bush has been negligent about reducing America’s reliance on imports.

  14. toujour-l'argent says:

    the north koreans are pissed because they got bombed before they received the payment.. :)

    C’est l’argent qui fait la guerre, kids. So I don’t think it will happen.

    Even if they both actually enter in a war *intercourse*, as Lalebanessa put, the preliminaries will be played on Lebanon, probably with the help of our *divine condom*

  15. Justin says:

    “A Divine strike”.

    “This is unusual not only because Israel’s military institution is humiliated”

    Why is everthing with Muslims/arabs either a devine victory or a deep humiliation? Too much ego I think.

  16. Amir in Tel Aviv says:

    Google Earth zooms on the Dayr Az Zawr
    area. Roll down the page:

    http://www.fresh.co.il/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=349816
    .

  17. Ali says:

    To Justin,

    Its just marketing, nothing personal :D

  18. Vox says:

    Conflicts between Israel and Syria occur frequently, and Lebanon ends up being the battleground.

  19. JoseyWales says:

    1) Whatever it is gang, it’s not about Hezbo weapons. The Israelis waited for Hezbo to get 30-40,000 new rockets before bombing supplies?? Stupid.

    2) It’s always bad for the Lebanese and it would be again. But make no mistake about it, next war SYRIA will get it big fucking time.

  20. insha'Allah says:

    JW:
    1) agree… but maybe they don’t want some new type of “divine surprise” rockets

    2)insha’Allah! About fucking time…

  21. ali says:

    If I did not know any better, I would have thought I’d happened upon an ultra-extremist Zionist blog!

    Your thirst for blood and all-out war, and the wishful devastation of another Arab country must surely bring a smile to the faces of the descendants of the gentle martyr Dr. Baruch Goldstein.

    And you guys are Lebanese, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, inhabitants of the ME, whatever? Did you actually just witness the cruelty of Israel towards your countrymen barely a year ago, and many times over in the past 50 years? Do you really see the disintegration of Iraq, the country, the society, the people right in front of your eyes? None of this registers in your brains, or hearts?

    Hey guys, some rage is fine, but your outright hatred, let alone your ignorance, is just nauseating. It reminds me of the time when the Crusaders decided to go on a little foray in our neck of the woods and stayed for a couple of hundred years. The Maronites of Mt Lebanon readily filled their ranks and were some of the first to die (in the thousands) in the initial attacks on Jerusalem. But now to think that the descendants of Sala7-il-deen have joined the chorus to cheer and egg on the latest invaders of our lands is ironic to say the least.

    And to think that we have to make a country together…

  22. Sam says:

    I totally agree with you. Romans, Crusaders, Americans, the West, whatever you might call them… wants to occupy our Lands and use violence against us. However, what about our Persian neighbor? They have as much envy to dominate, occupy and rule Arabs, Bilad El Sham or Great Syria. So, as much I refuse western hegemony, as much I refuse the Persian Majous ambitions in our Land. And not because you’re shiaa and you kiss Khamenei ass that I will change my opinion. Wilayat El Fakih is as much dangerous as the Zionist New Con in Washington. The proof, look what happening in Irak. Iranians and Americans are killing and destroying Irak. Plus, why Iran Embassy buys lands in Lebanon? To install settlement like Jewish did in Palestine!!!

  23. The Zionist says:

    I dont get it – why dont Arabs understand that Jews are Indiginous to Israel – Palestine was created by hadrian in 150 ad after the Roman conquest – look it up

    By the way – in my previous post I said the saudis will be the big loosers soon..

    read and weep (or smile for the planet)

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-No-More-Batteries.html?em&ex=1189828800&en=edd851351ba98118&ei=5087

  24. anthem boy says:

    i think your choice needs to be either run by iran and their mullahs enforcing their view of islam or the west, where you are free to worship (or not) whomever you choose. i, personally am a follower of christ, but that doesnt mean i think you should convert. it is not for me to judge that is up to god. i’m just saying that the west/israel arent your enemies. you need to look to the east. did anyone see the new article on foxnews.com about what may have taken place in syria the other day. i know its fox news, but i am trying to read whatever i can about what is possibly going on with this incident. i think that arabs need to realize that not all arabs have the arabs best interest in mind. just because they may be arab, doesnt automatically mean you need to be on their side. plus iran is persian…not arab, but they seem to make it look that way. think how quick the situation in iraq would be settled if there were arab troops helping out over there. imagine if that there were jordanian, lebanese, saudi and (god forbid) israeli troops over there helping rid iraq of the same terrorists that are attacking those same countries. anyways…

  25. anthem boy says:

    i think your choice needs to be either run by iran and their mullahs enforcing their view of islam or the west, where you are free to worship (or not) whomever you choose. i, personally am a follower of christ, but that doesnt mean i think you should convert. it is not for me to judge that is up to god. i’m just saying that the west/israel arent your enemies. you need to look to the east. did anyone see the new article on foxnews.com about what may have taken place in syria the other day. i know its fox news, but i am trying to read whatever i can about what is possibly going on with this incident. i think that arabs need to realize that not all arabs have the arabs best interest in mind. just because they may be arab, doesnt automatically mean you need to be on their side. plus iran is persian…not arab, but they seem to make it look that way. think how quick the situation in iraq would be settled if there were arab troops helping out over there. imagine if that there were jordanian, lebanese, saudi and (god forbid) israeli troops over there helping rid iraq of the same terrorists that are attacking those same countries. anyways…

  26. Bad Vilbel says:

    Ali,

    We also witnessed 30 years of Syrian cruelty at Lebanon.

    We’re also tired of Lebanon being used as a proxy everytime Assad wants to send messages to Israel, all the while, not a single fire gets shot out in the Golan.

    If Syria is such a great bastion of arabism, and is so big on “Resistance”, let’s see Mr. Assad put together a Resistance movement in the Golan and retaliate for this air raid over there, in his own occupied plateau. He’s been trumpeting the Resistance for years over here in Lebanon, claiming to want to help us regain our occupied Shebaa. Let’s see him put his money where his mouth is. Go liberate the Golan and leave us alone.

    What a freaking joke. The man who made a big fuss out of calling the other arabs “half men” not too long ago is cowering in his palace as we speak. He’s more than willing to fight his war against Israel to the last Lebanese. But god forbid a single shot is fired in his own Golan. Half men indeed. It doesn’t take much courage to make war on other people’s property, with other people’s blood. The truth comes out when you have to make war on your own soil, with your own people. And so far, Bashar has shown exactly what kind of coward he is.

  27. toujour-l'argent says:

    Ali,

    It’s not a “blind rage” or “lust for blood” and you know that. There’s so much water under that bridge that it would make Noah’s flood look like a dehydrated spit.
    Anyway, in the spirit of “lesser or 2 evils”: Let them BOTH dance the waltz.

    That said, I plead guilty: I can’t describe how much fun I had when I read that syria was complaining with the UN about israel! Talk about hypocrisie… the same UN they actively undermine….
    Bashar “Kalb 9ghyr” Assad (aka the nice mullah pal) will do nothing by himself, well, not while he has others do to his bid and later claim a divine victory.
    But I really don’t want a full scale war as only the peons on both side would die,… but a bomb or two in bashar derrière would be nice.

  28. don’t forget, when you go to the polls, vote rashid karami for president. (don’t waste your vote on anybody else.)

    and don’t forget,
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  29. Ali 2 says:

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  30. Amir in Tel Aviv says:

    NOT The crusaders, Again…

    OK, lets put the crusades in a proper perspective.
    It’s not that European Christians just
    viciously decided to invade and occupy
    Holyland.
    The Crusades were a **reaction** to a recent
    conquest of Holyland by the newcomers to
    the neighborhood, the Arab Muhammadans.
    The desert Arabs took advantage of the
    relative weakness of medieval Europe,
    did invade Holyland and took it by force.
    No body asked the locals weather they
    wanted to become occupied.
    And the Zionist is right; ‘Palestina’ was
    coined by the roman emperor Hadrian, in an attempt to erase Holyland of it’s
    Jewish identity.

    In Hebrew we say: This who steals from
    a thieve, can keep his trophy.
    .

  31. Sam says:

    To our neighbors the Hebrew from Israel. (Zionist and Amir)

    If you want to live in Peace in this part of the World because you have things in common with the Land and History. You’re welcome to do so. Just when I see Shepherdic people, I realize how physically some of you are close to us. BUT, if you want to act superior, like the WASP did with the Indigenous and Africans in America. Trust me, it won’t last for so long. People of this land, like the Jewish people, are smart enough and devious enough to play back and play hard. Remember, we share some DNA together.

  32. ali says:

    Look guys, I don’t pretend that I can change your minds. But I see this as a matter of priorities and realistic strategic alignments.

    Saddam was one of the most destructive and corrupt figures in recent Arab history. He oppressed his own people, invaded and humiliated another Arab country and started a destructive war against Iran resulting in over a million dead. But I, along with millions of other people spoke vociferously against the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US and its poodles around the world. This was never a defense of Saddam, a loathsome coward who played emperor to his subjugated people while crawling into a rat hole when the day of reckoning came. But to endorse the hegemonic plans of a self-serving empire whose history and action in the ME and its people had shown nothing but contempt, and whose sole interest in us, and our value to it, lays in the fossil fuels our part of the earth possesses is, to put it mildly, irresponsible.

    Israel and we, including Syria, fall within a similar context. I have my problems with Syria, but I am not going to gleefully wish for a foreign entity forcibly transplanted amongst us, and whose existence has come at the expense of our own lives, stability and peace, and who has just finished pummeling us for the umpteenth time, to bomb and devastate one more Arab country. Is Syria cowardly and hypocritical? Yes, of course. But they are part and parcel of this landscape, and WE, along with the Syrian people will have to deal with them on our own terms. If the will to change does not come from within, then exhorting others to change our figurehead for us will not bode well for the values and principles we wish to have. I will gladly accept the US’s help when the US truly shows it cares about my freedom and well-being, or at minimum stops assisting and financing those who oppress and kill us, let alone stop doing the killing itself.

  33. Amir in Tel Aviv says:

    Thank you Sam, for your warm words.
    But in fact, we don’t expect any sort of
    ‘welcome’. And if we’re not welcomed?
    We don’t need any gestures of “welcome”.
    We’re a fact. Only when this axiom is
    understood and accepted, peace could prevail.

    And let me add to it: even if in some day
    Israel is “erased from the map”, the idea
    of Zion will live.
    Holyland will always be (1) Jewish, or
    (2) potentially, and reclaimable Jewish.
    With one’s welcome, or without it.
    .

  34. anthem boy says:

    i still think that arabs (if not all the world) need to put aside the ethnicity and call evil, evil. syria is evil, iran is evil, n. korea is evil. these are countries that do nothing good for anyone. now you can debate wether or not the US (or the west) is evil all you want, but honestly , we arent. you can conspiracy theory it all you want, but no one gives more aid to anyone, anywhere in the world, for just about anything. yes we have done things that, looking back, we shouldnt have. but come on, hindsight is 20/20 (or whatever the arabic cliche is). all that is happening is debating in circles. “we cant support the west or the US or israel because they are some “evil, zionist empire” but at the same time “we hate iran and syria and hamas and hebollah, but their our arab brothers so we wont do anything about them.” stop sitting on the fence and pick a side. if you want to be free, join the west…if you want mullahs dictating over you…join them.

  35. anthem boy says:

    i still think that arabs (if not all the world) need to put aside the ethnicity and call evil, evil. syria is evil, iran is evil, n. korea is evil. these are countries that do nothing good for anyone. now you can debate wether or not the US (or the west) is evil all you want, but honestly , we arent. you can conspiracy theory it all you want, but no one gives more aid to anyone, anywhere in the world, for just about anything. yes we have done things that, looking back, we shouldnt have. but come on, hindsight is 20/20 (or whatever the arabic cliche is). all that is happening is debating in circles. “we cant support the west or the US or israel because they are some “evil, zionist empire” but at the same time “we hate iran and syria and hamas and hebollah, but their our arab brothers so we wont do anything about them.” stop sitting on the fence and pick a side. if you want to be free, join the west…if you want mullahs dictating over you…join them.

  36. Who cares says:

    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms:
    “There’s so many different worlds
    So many different suns
    And we have just one world
    But we live in different ones”

  37. The Zionist says:

    To SAm – Ali – and all of our ARab Cousins – we’re making good progress here -

    Yes – Welcome us home – and Yes – Israel should see itself as the part of the greater umah that it actually is

    so lets have a picnic at the temple mount – share food – and real love – like family should do

    THAT would make abraham very happy ;-)

  38. Ali 2 from Lebanon says:

    To the Zionist,

    Nice post at the end, I wish that everybody would talk like this.

    Peace

  39. anthem boy says:

    not only would that make abraham very happy, god would say “you finally get it and it only took you 2000 years. not bad for a creature i created out of dirt.”

  40. anthem boy says:

    not only would that make abraham very happy, god would say “you finally get it and it only took you 2000 years. not bad for a creature i created out of dirt.”

  41. david says:

    Sam #5: Did it ever occur to you that if Syria hadn’t been lobbing missiles at Israel the Israelis wouldn’t have taken it to begin with?

  42. Suzanne says:

    Sam, no-one is superior to one and another. Jew, Arab, whatever, we are all human beings – last time I checked.

    As that Moroccon muslim woman said on the news just before the elections were coming up in Morocco, about that Jewish (female) candidate: “She is my sister. We are all humans and then comes what comes next (Jewish)”.

    Btw,…

    “One Million Voices To End the Conflict On October 18, 2007, the Israeli and Palestinian peoples will say “enough!” – enough stalemated negotiations, enough violence and chaos, enough setbacks and excuses. Through unprecedented, massive parallel summits and protests in Tel Aviv and Jericho satellite-linked to locations worldwide, and supportive events in London , Washington , D.C., and Ottawa , the moderate majority will take a stand.”
    http://gnblog.com/?p=264

  43. anthem boy says:

    did anyone see this today?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296939,00.html

    i know its fox news but it has more detail than anything else i have see so far.

  44. anthem boy says:

    did anyone see this today?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296939,00.html

    i know its fox news but it has more detail than anything else i have see so far.

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