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  • Purveyor (2634 posts)
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    Syria Fires Missiles At Israeli Jets After Airstrikes

    By Ian Deitch | AP March 17 at 4:19 PM

    JERUSALEM — Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes on a mission to destroy a weapons convoy destined for the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah prompting it to deploy its missile defense system, Israeli officials said Friday, in a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors.

    The Israeli military said its aircraft struck several targets in Syria and were back in Israeli-controlled airspace when several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria toward the Israeli jets.

    Israeli aerial defense systems intercepted one of the missiles, the army said, without elaborating. It would not say whether any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but said the safety of Israeli civilians and Israeli aircraft was “not compromised.”

    Israel is widely believed to have carried out several airstrikes in recent years on advanced weapons systems in Syria — including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles — as well as Hezbollah positions. It rarely comments on such operations and the military statement detailing the raid and comments confirming the operation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were highly unusual.

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  • beemerphill (102 posts)
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    1. Syria had better hope that no missiles hit an Israeli plane.

    If they don’t want the Israelis pounding convoys, keep the convoys from supplying Hezbollah. The Israelis are only acting in their own self interest. If one of those missiles had connected with an Israeli plane, it would not have gone well for Syria. Syria has an experienced military, but their experience is fighting poorly organized guerrillas, and unarmed civilians.  If they were stupid enough to mess with Israel, they would soon learn what the consequences are of attacking a well trained, well equipped, and highly motivated force. In other words, they would have their asses handed to them in short order. If the Syrians would get lucky and score against the Israelis, Uncle Sam would step in, and the ROE would not be the restricted ones that were used in other Middle East nations. It would be short and nasty, and Syria would not be the winner. They would be much smarter to save their missiles for safer targets.

    • Purveyor (2634 posts)
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      2. That is assuming Russia sits by and does nothing. A far as "fighting poorly

      poorly organized guerrillas, and unarmed civilians” that has been the only fighting israel have been brave enough to fight in the last decade.

      It is they who had their asses handed to them by Nasrallah during the 2006 Lebanon war.

      Lebanon and Israel: Nasrallah wins the war

      Aug 17th 2006

      AFP HASSAN NASRALLAH and Ehud Olmert both say they won. But in asymmetrical warfare, the test of victory is asymmetrical too. Israel’s prime minister set himself an absurd aim—the complete demolition of Hizbullah’s power in Lebanon—and failed to achieve it. The shrewder Mr Nasrallah said victory would consist merely of surviving, and Hizbullah, however battered, did survive. On the last day it was not just standing, it also fired a record 246 rockets into Israel.

      Hizbullah being what it is, Mr Nasrallah lost no time claiming that this was “a strategic, historic victory”; crowds in Tehran chorused that Israel had been “destroyed”. Did Hizbullah not kill 159 Israelis, including 116 Zionist soldiers? Israel being what it is, Mr Olmert’s political foes lost no time denouncing the prime minister’s failings as Israelis sank into a collective despond about the disappointing showing of their army and the blunting of their country’s long-term deterrent power.

      http://www.economist.com/node/7796790

      • Mosby (187 posts)
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        3. Israel and Russia have some sort of arrangement re Syria

        Russia understands that Israel is going to deal with Iran/Hezbo weapon transfers to Lebanon.  Russia will stay out of this.

         

        • Purveyor (2634 posts)
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          4. That is too bad. I would love to see the apartheid state get is

          comeuppance at least once before I die…

          • farleftlib (1263 posts)
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            7. Yup

            That would be sweet. Karma for what they do to the Palestinians which is unconscionable.

            Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead
        • arendt (1035 posts)
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          5. So complicated. And our ham-handed politicos think they can play this game. n.t

      • cyberpj (2330 posts)
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        13. I never stop wondering how much Israel is doing

        for US, as well.  There’s always that footprint in the sand thing.

        QUESTION EVERYTHING 
    • farleftlib (1263 posts)
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      6. What Israel did is an act of war

      Israel always claims they’re acting in “self-defense” when they’re acting illegally and aggressively without provocation. I hope Syria returns the favor and sends jets into Israel to shoot their weapons systems. And Syria isn’t half as inept as you make them out to be. Oooh the big bag IDF is soooo scary. :eyes:

      Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead
      • sadoldgirl (1436 posts)
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        9. +100. Neither the us nor Israel were asked by the elected government to help.

    • TwilightSporkle (1515 posts)
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      8. Except it's Israel bombing Syria.

      Syria is perfectly in its right to defend itself.

      What if I want to tell you to leave me and my beloved ones in peace

      But you only understand the language of the sword

      I let the blade do the talking

      So my tongue shall become iron

      And my words the mighty roar of war

      • sadoldgirl (1436 posts)
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        10. Israel has a perfect right to defend itself,but not by attacking another country

        Unless, of course, you agree with W’s idea of preemptive war, which

        caused and causes a great amount of trouble.

        • TwilightSporkle (1515 posts)
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          11. Exactly my point

          Syria’s not attacking Israel. Syria is being attacked by Israel. It has a right to return fire on the attacking forces. And if an Israeli pilot is shot down over Syria, all Israel can do – legally – is send a letter to that pilot’s mother explaining why her son’s life was thrown away for no fucking purpose.

          What if I want to tell you to leave me and my beloved ones in peace

          But you only understand the language of the sword

          I let the blade do the talking

          So my tongue shall become iron

          And my words the mighty roar of war

  • Green Dog Dem (1466 posts)
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    12. But, but, but I thought what's-her-face was going to start WWIII!

    :sarcasm:

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