Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Israel's Red Line In The Syrian Civil War

Israel's Red Line Fate of Syrian Chemical Weapons May Trigger War -- Ronen Bergman, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Matthias Schepp and Holger Stark/Spiegel Online

As the battle against Syrian rebels reaches a new stage, Israel is worried that President Assad might use his vast arsenal of chemical weapons against his own people or neighbors -- or perhaps even give some to Hezbollah. Though many experts view this as unlikely, Israel is still weighing whether to strike.

The small village of Buqata is located on the Israeli side of the border that extends across the Golan Heights. From here, it's possible to see deep into Syrian territory. Right at the foot of the hill lies Jubata al-Khashab, a town just 55 kilometers (34 miles) southwest of Damascus, Syria's capital.

Every day, hundreds of concerned Israelis have been gathering along the barbed wire at the border and using binoculars to gaze at their neighbors in Jubata al-Khashab, who have been subjected to artillery fire in recent days. Thick clouds of smoke have been billowing from concrete apartment complexes there.

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My Comment:
Will these "red lines" be crossed? As the situation continues to deteriorate in Syria .... who knows what will be happening next. But I do know one thing .... when Gaddafi fell in Libya, his arms depots were opened wide for everyone to take what they wanted. If Assad should fall .... I am 100% sure that the same will happen, and Syria's WMDs will be there for the taking. The hope is that a new provisional government would send it's most loyal solders to guard these depots .... including using the Syrian soldiers who are guarding them now. But this will take days (if not weeks) to organize .... and I am not sure if they will be up to the job.

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