Syria, Iran and Hizbullah are preparing for the possibility of a war with Israel on the Syrian front, Channel Two reported on Wednesday night.
Reportedly, Damascus has set August as the month for final war preparations.
The report followed an earlier security cabinet meeting devoted almost exclusively to Syria,
during which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel is working through various diplomatic channels to assure Damascus that Jerusalem wants peace and is not interested in a war.
His comments come amid a flurry of reports about a Syrian military buildup and concern in the defense establishment that if various Syrian overtures were not well received in Israel, the Syrians might initiate military action to try and retain the Golan, or a piece of it.
Olmert is a useless weakling. Ariel Sharon wouldn’t have let this planning occur for two seconds. If he were still in charge, Israeli tanks would be rolling through Damascus by now. But, we have to work with the allied governments we have, however cowardly and incompetent they seem to be. Right now, it looks like the only sensible course of action for Israel to take is to invade Syria and Lebanon. They need to do some kind of preemptive strike, to buy themselves some time and take the initiative away from the enemy.
They also need to distract Syria, so that our forces can invade from the East and crush them. It’s the best way to secure Israel, western Iraq, and freedom. Iran won’t like it, and Hezbollah will be most displeased to lose a major sponsor; but those guys are our enemies. I don’t think we have to worry about them. Besides, we never negotiate with terrorists. And Iran’s turn will come soon after.
How many troops would it even take to conquer Syria? With proper air support, one platoon could probably overrun the entire country. Of course, a couple battalions more might be needed to hold it; luckily, most of the occupying will be done by the Israelis. And we could draw down some forces from western Iraq and send them in.
The path to success in Operation Iraqi Freedom lies through Syria. We must take it, or risk the loss of Iraqi freedom.