Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Success is a big hole in the desert

A few days ago, reports had come in that Israel had dropped munitions on Syria after their aircraft had been detected. Syrian officials claimed that anti-aircraft fire sent the Israeli fighters scrambing back to home base. At the time, Israel's official position was that such reports did not merit response. The meaning of that was obvious:
The Israeli military spokesman's office said in a statement: "It is not our custom to respond to these kinds of reports."

Which probably means they are either true or close to being so.
Well, things appear beyond close to being true and are escalating rather severely:
Syria accused Israel of a "flagrant violation" of its obligations when it carried out an airstrike inside the country last week, according to a copy of a letter released Tuesday.

Syria called the incursion a "breach of airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic" and said "it is not the first time Israel has violated" Syrian airspace, the letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon read.
Depending on one's perspective, things appear either better or worse because ground forces may have also been involved
....sources told CNN the military operation, which happened Wednesday into Thursday, may have also involved Israeli ground forces who directed the airstrike, which "left a big hole in the desert" in Syria.
Oddly, the IDF seems to be "happy with the success of the operation" they know nothing about.

Of course, "success" for the IDF carries a variety of meanings, at least one of which is that a major violation of international law will go the way all the other and multifarious violations of international tend to go for them: quitely away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Master of the The Obvious,

You know all those weapons being sent into Lebanon from Iran, transiting through Syria? You know, all that activity going on that violates international resolutions. That's what they were targeting. Why else would you end up with a big hole in the desert?

Governments are likely not responding since they already knew or were quickly briefed afterwards of the activities. Note the absence of response from Saudi Arabia, etc...

If the UN troops are not doing their jobs by keeping the weapons from coming into Lebanon, then it's fine by me for Israel to take care of business.

12:32 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

I'm so glad to see that you are comfortable with Israel bombing another country without provocation. I also suspect you're quite happy with the invasion of Iraq, with all those nasty weapons.

6:38 PM  

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