The Chemical Weapons Pretext: Paving the Way for a Future US Military Strike on Syria?
By Timothy Alexander Guzman
November 04, 2013
An Obama administration official confirmed earlier this Week that Israel conducted a military strike on a Syrian base in Latakia according to a CNN report. The Israeli government has not confirmed or denied the allegations. Israel has claimed it was intended to disrupt the transfer of weapons headed for Hezbollah located in Southern Lebanon. CNN reported the following:
“An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government” the report also stated that the “the target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. There was some confusion about the timing of the attack, with some reports saying it happened Wednesday, and others saying Thursday.
Israel has launched airstrikes in the past including one in January that targeted a Syrian convoy allegedly “moving weapons to Hezbollah.” Hezbollah has enough weapons to counter Israeli Defense Forces as they proved in 2006. The largest Israeli news website www.ynetnews.com reported on October 29th, 2013 that the “Shiite group rebuilt its strength, arsenal, now poses acute threat to State of Israel” and that “Hezbollah has thousands and thousands of rockets and missiles pointed at Israel and this is a problem,” Brig. Gen. (res) Amos Gilboa, who spent decades in Israeli army intelligence told The Media Line. “Hezbollah is a major threat to Israel. In the past, its firepower was mainly directed against northern Israel, but now it can also reach Tel Aviv, the heart of our industry and technology.” Did Israel strike Latakia to prevent the export of Russian made weapons from Syria to Hezbollah the real motive? Or was it part of a plan to weaken Syria’s defense capabilities for a future invasion by the US military?