Israeli Airstrike on Syria
War is an area of uncertainty; three quarters of the things on which all action in War is based are lying in a fog of uncertainty—Carl von Clausewitz
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The Israeli newspaper claimed to have retrieved the data from a Syrian rebels website (but it didn't provide the address; nasty!). It said that the rebels claimed to have received the data from a source within the Syrian Transport Ministry. According to this source, Israel conducted an airstrike on Damascus Airport. The targets hit were a jet-fuel depot, Syrian Army munition warehouses, military airstrips, and a civilian cargo airplane that had arrived from Iran. Overall, five targets were hit directly and exactly. Four of them were adjacent, the Iranian plane was about one kilometer from the others. Thus, this was unlikely to have been a mortars' attack by the rebels as claimed by Syrian officials.
This solves the puzzle, if assuming that the Iranian plane contained weapons for the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and that the Israeli Air Force had fired long range missiles from Lebanon into Syria. Under these constrains, most of the reports were accurate. Simply each one provided a different angle of the event. Moreover, it strengthens recent events showing a sharp change of Israel's policy toward Syria.
Moreover, veteran readers of this website may have right now a déjà vu moment. On January 29, 2013, the Israeli Air Force attacked a Syrian convoy in Jamraya, between Damascus and Lebanon (Assad's Best Friend Attacks Syria), an event that was accompanied by a fogginess similar to the current one. For many years, the Syrian-Israeli border has been Israel’s quietest border. As analyzed in the article linked in this paragraph, that the leaders of both countries were silently cooperating between them. Syria and Israel had been fruitfully collaborating for a generation. This is a basic characteristic of many situations studied by Game Theory. In small enough groups, let's say oligarchies, opposing subgroups can collaborate fruitfully without having direct contact. Since they have shared interests—in this case control over their respective civilian populations—they benefit from similar strategies, like the portrayal of each other as an archenemy while behaving like friends. While the ignorant masses applaud ultra-nationalistic discourses, deals are silently agreed; basic Game Theory.
Yet, now this has changed. Israel is attacking Syria in a variety of ways. Recently it was reported a possible supply of weapons to the rebels by Croatia, to which Israel was an extorting party. Moreover, Israel opened a path linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Jordan/Syrian/Iraqi triple border. The Croatian weapons were handed to the rebels from Jordan. Moreover, there were the two abovementioned Israeli airstrikes on Syria and many unprecedented exchanges of fire between Israelis and Syrians on the Golan Heights. That was enough to prove the point. Yet, the astonishing news were at the bottom of the Hebrew article.
"A question must be asked," says the article and continues, "Could Israel, or maybe it would be asked to, expand its airstrikes in Syria under the disguise of blocking weapon convoys to Hezbollah and other organizations and as an aerial umbrella designed to protect the rebels? This could be a comfortable solution to the USA, Turkey and Arab countries that are not ready to get involved directly without wide international support. Israel will create a new routine in which Syria will be a legitimate area for its air force strikes as Lebanon is."
A few days ago there were false rumors that the Syrian Government had used chemical weapons and Israel sent the USA to war (Israel Intelligence Directorate Sends America to War). The plot failed, and now Israel is planning to drop its American bombs surplus on Syria. The fog is gone.
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