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  •  I was reading headlines, not articles (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Heart of the Rockies, SueDe

    and the one that caught my attention was based on this bit:

    The attack, the second in three days, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war. Syrian state media reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research center near Damascus and caused casualties.
    Since that early report by the Syrians, later reporting based on Israeli sources points to the missiles based for Hezbollah you mentioned.

    I'm still thinking the Israeli airstrikes are an escalation, and are probably related to the US desire to respond to the reports of chemical weapons use.  That AP piece in USA Today also reports this:

    The strikes put the Assad regime in a tricky position. If it fails to respond, it looks weak and leaves itself open to such airstrikes becoming a common occurrence. But if it retaliates militarily against Israel, it risks dragging the Jewish state and its powerful military into a broader conflict.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sun May 05, 2013 at 05:46:03 AM PDT

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    •  yup (2+ / 0-)
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      Heart of the Rockies, SueDe

      Escalation is the biggest danger.  And the recent action by Israel increases the risk of escalation, in my view.  Israel is betting on a minor or limited retaliation and escalation.  The instability in Syria just opened a window of opportunity to continue their policy of interdiction and denial of weapons to Hezbollah.

      Russia is pissed.  Iran is pissed.  

      I dunno

      SoS Kerry heads to Russia this week and Syria is on the agenda.  Hard to figger out how the Israeli strike helps or hurts US Foreign policy.

      •  I don't expect any retaliation. (2+ / 0-)
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        whizdom, SueDe

        Government forces are making major advances and there are indications that the rebels are in a worsening situation.

        The government will, I think, not let themselves be distracted.

        Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

        by InAntalya on Sun May 05, 2013 at 06:04:40 AM PDT

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