World View: Israel Braces for Counter-Strike if U.S. Hits Syria
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Israel prepares for counter-attack from Hezbollah
- U.S. attack on Syria could come as early as Thursday
- Russia evacuates its citizens from Syria
- Monday's Mideast peace process meeting was held after all
Israel prepares for counter-attack from Hezbollah
Both Syria and Hezbollah are promising to respond to an American
attack on Syria with a counter-attack on Israel. In Israel, civilians
flooded gas mask distribution centers spurred on by fears that any
Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons
attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war. Euro Jewish Press
U.S. attack on Syria could come as early as Thursday
American rhetoric has now reached the point where it will be
politically almost impossible to avoid an attack on Syria. ( "27-Aug-13 World View -- The drums of war beat over Syria")
According to Vice President Joe Biden:
Chemical weapons have been used.
No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the
victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and there's no doubt
who's responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in
Syria: the Syrian regime.
The options that we are considering are not about regime change.
They are about responding to the clear violation of an
international standard that prohibits the use of chemical
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that American forces are now
ready to act immediately on an order from President Barack Obama.
The U.S. is considering three days of missile strikes on Syria,
perhaps beginning on Thursday. After three days, strategists could
run an assessment and target was previously missed. The U.S. missile
strikes would almost certainly be launched from Nary destroyers or
submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. Four destroyers are lined up
ready to strike: the USS Barry, the USS Mahan, the USS Ramage and the
According to U.S. officials, it will not be an objective to cripple
Syria's military, or to topple president Bashar al-Assad. The
objective of the attack will be to "send a message" to al-Assad.
A number of analysts have expressed concern that unless the attack
significantly degrades Syria's armed forces, then it will have been
for nothing, and America's credibility will suffer even further. Some
analysts express concern that President Obama is going ahead with the
attack for his own political purposes, to "do something," after have
set several "red lines," and doing nothing when they were crossed.
Russia evacuates its citizens from Syria
A Russian aircraft landed in Latakia airport in Syria on Tuesday,
with 20 tons of humanitarian aid, mostly consisting of tinned
foods and sugar. About 180 people, 100 of them Russia, will
leave Syria on the return flight.
Russia's foreign ministry says that the West was acting in the Islamic
world like "a monkey with a grenade." According to a spokesman:
Attempts to bypass the [United Nations] Security
Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a
military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering
in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the
Middle East and North Africa.
We are calling on our American partners and all members of the
world community to demonstrate prudence (and) strict observance of
international law, especially the fundamental principles of the UN
Monday's Mideast peace process meeting was held after all
Despite reports that the Palestinian Authority had canceled peace
talks on Monday, following the deaths of three Palestinians, the
Monday evening meeting was apparently held anyway. According to a
Palestinian source, the two negotiation teams met in the house of
chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat amid the absence of envoys
from the United States, the sponsor of the peace talks. Xinhua
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