You’d have to live under a rock not to feel the growing tension across the globe as various powers shift and align, and the drumbeats of war speed their cadence.
To be honest, it’s scary.
On the one hand, we have Kim Jong-un in North Korea threatening nuclear Armageddon and firing hundreds of artillery pieces to demonstrate his sincerity. Meanwhile, President Trump convenes the Senate to confirm the U.S. will consider a military strike if need be.
On the other hand, we have the Middle East. Just because we lobbed a few missiles at Syria doesn’t mean much has changed. Russia and Iran are still supplying Bashar al-Assad and Iran is still funneling arms and munitions to its proxy, Hezbollah, which seems determined to follow through on its charter of destroying Israel.
Well, Israel just demonstrated it’s had about enough.
Reuters reports, Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.
Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the airport east of the Syrian capital, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit.
Israel does not usually comment on action it takes in Syria. But Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, appeared to confirm involvement.
“The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah,” he said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicates an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act”, he added.
Israel has largely kept out the war in Syria, but officials have consistently referred to two red lines that have prompted a military response in the past: any supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, and the establishment of “launch sites” for attacks on Israel from the Golan Heights region.’
A Western diplomat said the airstrikes sent a clear political message to Iran, effectively saying it could no longer use Iraqi and Syrian airspace to resupply proxies with impunity.
Of course it would be naïve to think just one strike will change the game much. The concern must be, what will happen in retaliation?
But we can predict with almost certainty this isn’t the end of the tension. The question is, how far will it go?
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of Do I Need To Slap You? a quick and funny wake-up call]