During the last 24 hours there have been various reports of attacks on Syria launched by Israel. The latest Saturday is that Israel has admitted attacking a site believed to house advanced missiles in Syria. Israeli officials claim that the weapons were "game changing ones" destined for Hezbollah in the Lebanon.
Earlier this week US President Obama went on record to say that any sign of chemical weapons being used in Syria would be a "game changer". They could lead the USA to direct intervention in Syria which as we are all well aware could easily escalate into a global conflict. Certainly the UK would be in there with the Americans, as where they go we follow like lambs to the slaughter. We have surely paid back any World War Two debt by now?
Why Israel are choosing to act now is debatable. Are they acting independently or on behalf of the USA? Is it a way for the US to become involved and sell another conflict to its citizens? Are the Israelis purely acting out of a perceived need to defend their lands from what they view as an Arab threat? There are many questions and few honest answers.
President Obama made a surprise visit to the region, including Israel, as April drew to a close. What was said behind closed doors we wonder? Said face to face so that no prying eyes could see nor ears hear?
Reports of Friday's attack vary with some reports still claiming that chemical weapons were involved. The Telegraph reports that "Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that Israel would be prepared to take military action if chemical weapons or other arms were to reach Hezbollah". Of course as far as we are aware they have not reached Hezbollah but were merely suspected of heading out that way.
Once again America and Israel play the hypocritical game. Both countries have huge arsenals with a range of destructive weapons. Pre-emptive strikes by Israel will be largely ignored by the west but condemned or even lead to military action if launched by a country such as Syria or Russia. The USA arms Israel to the teeth choosing to class this as a defensive measure. Now that Israel is taking the initiative and launching pre-emptive attacks will America withdraw its weaponry from Israel? Of course not.
The whole region which includes Israel and Syria is set to implode or explode. We in the West can pat ourselves on the back and take some responsibility for that. Attempting to bring our politics to tribal areas, assuming that our ways are always the best, was bound to end in tears. Countries such as Libya are on the brink of civil war, courtesy of western involvement in the Arab Spring.
Perhaps we should have let the Arab Spring, a civil war, remain in house. Perhaps we should have done the same with Syria but we have already overstepped that mark.
Sources showing different views of Israel and its attacks follow:
The American Spectator