As described in many previous entries, and as a case in point here, the conflicts will continue to escalate until the region enters into an all-out war. The back-forth-fire can only happen for so long before an incident crosses the proverbial line and sets it off. This is also when things will become dangerous via thousands of terror cells on the American homeland — a place America has never been attacked. Knowing that these terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah are proxies for Iran and Syria, look for them to also enter the fray during a regional war. Syria will likely use its chemical weapons stockpile and Damascus will be razed in retaliation while Iran will probably only get set back a few years on its nuclear program.
No matter who or what starts the war, America will be coupled in with Israel as the usual “Great Satan” while America with the current administration will blame Israel for all of the world’s ills. What also remains to be seen is whether the American military can withstand the bombardment of thousands of speedboats and Russian designed supersonic cruise missiles in Iran aimed at the US Navy fleets within the area. The worst case scenario can go further than this, and hopefully it never comes to pass. One can only hope the allied side is well prepared.
The Israeli military commenced what government officials are calling a “widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets” after suffering nearly a week of rocket attacks on Israeli territory.
The Israel Defense Forces opened Operation Pillar of Defense with an airstrike on a car carrying the head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Jabri. More airstrikes quickly followed and are believed to have targeted other top Gaza-based terrorists and their weapons caches. Update (12:25 PM): The IDF has released video of the strike.
An IDF spokesman stated on Twitter that the opening round of airstrikes targeted 20 sites and sought to destroy stockpiles of longer-range Iranian-supplied missiles that Hamas has smuggled into Gaza. One report stated that the air force struck a warehouse containing Iranian-supplied Fajr missiles.
U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro reiterated ”Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens from these attacks” three days ago. The Obama administration has yet to comment on these latest events.
Full article: It’s War (Washington Free Beacon)