Israel did much more than target Russian missiles when it attacked a weapons depot in Syria last week.
It destroyed them.
They were advanced anti-ship missiles that were capable of destroying Israeli naval vessels and were much more sophisticated than anything else in Syria’s arsenal. Israel was particularly worried about them being in Syrian hands and also particularly worried that Syria would provide them to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that is fighting on the side of the Syrian government in the religious war that it in turn is fighting against a variety of opponents, including al-Qaeda…the Lebanese militia that is unalterably opposed to Israel’s very existence and has been doing everything it could to wipe her off the map for years. One way or the other Israel knew those missiles would be used against her and she destroyed them in self defence, which was, is, perfectly rational, legitimate and justifiable. It was a classic preemptive military strike and Israel should not be faulted for carrying it out because keeping sophisticated weapons out of the hands of its enemies is, in the end, a matter of national survival.
Would they have been used against Israel?
Damn right they would have.
Good shooting and well done.
In related news Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just stated that Iran is close to crossing a red line in its effort to develop and possess nuclear weapons and getting closer every day and that Israel would not let the Iranians cross it because there is no doubt that Iran would use those nuclear weapons against Israel at the earliest possible opportunity. When he was asked about the timing of a decision to attack Iran he said “I can tell you I won’t wait until its too late” and added that it was “important to understand that we cannot allow it to happen” and that the Israeli and US clocks about this matter were “ticking at a different pace.”
Netanyahu said “We’re closer to Iran than the United States” and “We’re more vulnerable. And therefore, we’ll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does. But as the Prime Minister of Israel, I’m determined to do whatever is necessary to defend my country, the one and only Jewish state, from a regime that threatens us with renewed annihilation.”
Netanyahu is of course absolutely right.
Keeping Iran from possessing nuclear weapons is keeping Iran from using nuclear weapons against Israel and keeping Iran from possessing nuclear weapons is a matter of national survival for the Jewish state. If Israel has to launch a preemptive military strike against Iran to do it, well that would be a perfectly rational, legitimate and justifiable act too.
Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that, let’s hope that I’m not congratulating Israel and saying good shooting and well done down the road. I can’t help but think it will come to that though. Iran isn’t going to stop its fanatical pursuit of nuclear weapons on its own and the only other country besides Israel that can stop it in time, the United States, is simply not going to do so with President Barack Hussein Obama in office even though stopping the Iranians is patently in the best interests of the US as well.
You can’t blame Israel for launching a preemptive military strike against Iran when the time comes either. She’d just be doing what she had to do to survive.
And rightfully so too.
In fact, you’d have to admire her.
Israel, the little country that could.
The United States, the big country that could.