May 9, 2018
This is a very weird dynamic.
Israel is involved in a proxy war with Russia.
Putin is backing Assad, Hezbollah and Iran, while Israel funds ISIS and the rest of these various terrorist groups (and the Kurds and whoever else wants to fight Assad).
And the solution to that is to… coordinate their attacks against each other so only proxies are killed, rather than nationals of either state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost on Tuesday near the capital of Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard in Kisweh, killing at least 15 people, eight of them Iranians.
Tensions between Israel and Iran are high over Iran’s efforts to expand its military presence in Syria, where it is a key ally of President Bashar Assad. Repeated airstrikes attributed to Israel have killed Iranian fighters and prompted threats of reprisal from Tehran. President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.
“The meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so,” Netanyahu said ahead of his departure. “In light of what is currently happening in Syria, it is necessary to ensure the continued coordination” between the two militaries. Netanyahu made no mention of the overnight strikes.
The Israeli and Russian militaries have been in contact throughout much of Russia’s intervention in Syria, where Moscow has waged an air campaign in support of Assad’s forces since 2015. Russia also considers Iran a strategic ally.
Israel views Iran as its archenemy, citing Iran’s calls for Israel’s destruction, support for militant groups across the region and growing military activity in neighboring Syria. Israel has warned that it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
And the Russian military is overseeing Iran building all of these bases in Syria.
So what exactly are these conversations between these two men like?
Someone is going to win the proxy war, or the proxy war is going to escalate into an open war between Russia and Israel, which would involve the rest of the world in some capacity.
Also, at some point, even if Russia is winning the proxy war without shooting down Israeli planes, Israel will start bombing Russians.
It is the weirdest dance going on here…
Israel’s military went on high alert Tuesday and bomb shelters were ordered open in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights following reports of “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria.” After an uneventful night, the military on Wednesday called on residents to return to “full civilian routine,” meaning studies and excursions would continue as usual, although the shelters would remain open.
Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria, did not comment on Tuesday’s attack. Such strikes have become more frequent recently. The Syrian Observatory said the casualty number from Tuesday’s strike is likely to go up because of a large number of people who were wounded and a number of people who are missing.
Iran has vowed to retaliate to recent Israeli strikes in Syria targeting Iranian outposts, including an attack last month on Syria’s T4 air base in Homs province that killed seven Iranian military personnel. On April 30, Israel was said to have struck government outposts in northern Syria, killing more than a dozen pro-government fighters, many of them Iranians.
I am sick of saying “IT’S ALL ABOUT TO START HAPPENING!!!!!111”
But Hezbollah just won a huge electoral victory in Lebanon giving them a mandate for ongoing war, Trump killed the Iran deal, Israel is bombing the shit out of Syria and we’ve got the embassy move coming up.
And then you’ve got Turkey going nuts.
This really is a tense situation.
However, I am staunchly pro-World War.
So every day the nukes don’t start flying, I get ever more agitated.