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Because they are not able to fight an asymmetrical war

Reader comment on item: Hold Damascus Responsible [for Hezbollah Violence in Southern Lebanon]
in response to reader comment: Yea, but...

Submitted by Robert H. Tyrka Sr. (United States), Aug 4, 2006 at 08:24

"Because they are not able to fight an asymmetrical war against Israel, Syria would last 3 days, maybe 4."

And then what would Israel do with their own panicked and abandoned cities, a ruined economy, and a prostrate Syria that would engage in the same kind of insurgency the Israelis have not been able to defeat in Lebanon or the Palestinian territories?

"Israel could deal with it."

Israel came close to economic collapse during the intifada. It was barely avoided by the stringent economic measures taken by Netanyahu. Having their cities abandoned with hundreds of thousands or millions dead, wounded or in flight would be a long-term disaster for Israel that it might not ever recover from. Not only that, but the disruption in morale, logistics and mobility might tempt Egypt, recently equipped with the M-1 Abrams tank courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, to invade Israel and destroy the IDF, leaving Egypt where it has historically laid claim to be--the acknowledged leader of the Arab peoples. The Israelis would in effect be driven into the sea and Mubarak would have a legacy that he could not have imagined!

"Best no devils at all, sir.."

Wishful thinking will not make it so.

"It's (Syria's economy) already atrophied to the point that Iran can prop it up with slush funds from their oil revenues."

There are some things that even money can't cure. Look at Saudi Arabia, or Iraq. There has been rioting again in the streets of Teheran to protest the subsidization of Hizbollah while the masses of Iranians are in great poverty.


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