Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Syria threatens to annihilate Tel Aviv

Embattled Syrian President Assad threatens to level Tel Aviv if NATO takes military action against his murdering regime.  In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv." Assad also reiterated that Damascus will also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch such an intensive rocket and missile attack on Israel that the Israeli spy agencies could never imagine.  "All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack the US warships in the Persian Gulf and the US and European interests will be targeted simultaneously," the Iranian news agency FARS reported.

The threats made by Assad are reminiscent of the threats made by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War.  In fact, Saddam fired 39 Scuds towards Israel (Tel Aviv, Haifa) during that war and caused the deaths of 74 Israelis as a consequence.  The missiles in the arsenals of Syria, Hezbollah and Iran pose a much greater threat to Israel than the Scuds fired by Saddam.  Arab dictators are known for their bluster, but when their power is threatened, all bets are off.  According to DEBKA, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have charted a coordinated military operation for flattening metropolitan Tel Aviv, Israel's financial, industrial and cultural center, with thousands of missiles launched simultaneously by all three - plus the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami firing from the Gaza Strip.  Could this be the reason The United States, United Kingdom and France have been reluctant to take significant action against Assad?  My guess would be yes.

DEBKA also reported that Israeli officials have never publicly admitted that this threat is on record, but Western intelligence sources have reported that Israel reacted with a warning of its own: If a single Syrian missile explodes in Tel Aviv, Damascus will be first to pay the price, and if the missile offensive persists, one Syrian town after another will be destroyed.  The Israeli message to Assad cited the warnings Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other government members addressed in the past year to Hezbollah, that if Tel Aviv comes under attack from its missiles, not only Beirut but all of Lebanon would go up in flames. Assad was given to understand that Syria would go the same way as Lebanon if it engaged in missile belligerence against Israel.  It is reported that Israel may have about two hundred nuclear missiles and I would guess they would use these assets to destroy the Syrian towns if attacked.

NATO member Turkey has announced plans for a 10 day military exercise in the southern province of Hatay along the Syrian border and this action is apparently what twisted Assad into his tirade.  Turkey in the past has threatened to invade the border area of Syria, so as to carve out a "safe' zone for Syrian refuges trying to escape Assad's murdering onslaught.  The dentist trained dictator is reported to have killed about 2700 of his own people during the crackdown, but if history is any guide, the carnage will turn out to be much higher.  Arab despots tend to have a fondness for mass graves and I'm sure they will find many more victims once this is all over and Assad is regulated to the dustbin of history.               

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