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Praxus
24 Jan 04,, 14:58
http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jid/jid040122_1_n.shtml

USA mulls Hizbullah strikes

According to JID's intelligence sources, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is considering plans to expand the global war on terrorism with multi-pronged attacks against suspected militant bases in countries such as Lebanon and Somalia. In a week in which Israel launched airstrikes against Hizbullah positions, our regional correspondent reports from Beirut.

Sending US troops into lawless Somalia would not be new, nor is it likely to cause serious diplomatic waves. Covert US forces have periodically infiltrated the country over the past two years to conduct surveillance and even snatch suspects wanted for the November 2002 suicide bomb attacks in Mombasa, Kenya: an incident in which suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists bombed a hotel and mounted an unsuccessful attack on an Israeli airliner with shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.

However, sending US special forces into Lebanon - and in particular an area like the Bekaa Valey (which is virtually Syrian territory) and where the bulk of Damascus' military forces in Lebanon are deployed - would be an entirely different matter. Deployment of US forces in the area would almost certainly involve a confrontation with Syrian troops.

That may well prove to be the objective, since the Bush administration is currently stepping up pressure on the Damascus regime in a bid to force it to cut off all support for radical Palestinian groups that have been targeting Israel during the three-year-old intifada. Washington also wants Syria to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and to withdraw all its forces from Lebanon, a virtual satellite since Syria moved in with tacit US support in 1990 as part of a strategy to end Lebanon's civil war.

The US administration has long considered Damascus as a prime candidate for 'regime-change' (along with Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and possibly even Saudi Arabia). Syria, once a powerhouse of Arab radicalism that could not be ignored, has been seriously weakened, both militarily and politically. Washington may feel that the time is coming to oust Bashir Al-Assad and the ruling generals. Targeting Syria via Lebanon, the only concrete political influence Damascus has to show following decades of radical diplomacy, could prove to be a means to that end.

Praxus
24 Jan 04,, 15:19
We should let Israel invade Syria and provide them with extra Air Support.

Trooth
24 Jan 04,, 15:27
The "bulldozer" incident in Lebanon jsut shows idiocy by both sides in my opinion. The attack by Hezbullah was ridiculous, the response was also fairly ridiculous.

Bill
24 Jan 04,, 21:54
We shouldn't provide Israel with anything.

Somalia....yeah, nice...get a little payback.

bigross86
25 Jan 04,, 06:17
Forget about provide, just don't condemn...

nyjrebel
27 Jan 04,, 01:02
Would it be wise to do anything in Lebanon until we finish up with Iraq? We're are strung out as it is and something like this may ignite a very dangerous situation.

Now, don't get me wrong, if they are terrorists I say get them and pound them into the ground. I'm just worried maybe this one will be one step ahead of where we need to be.

ChrisF202
28 Jan 04,, 18:25
Originally posted by nyjrebel
Would it be wise to do anything in Lebanon until we finish up with Iraq? We're are strung out as it is and something like this may ignite a very dangerous situation.

Now, don't get me wrong, if they are terrorists I say get them and pound them into the ground. I'm just worried maybe this one will be one step ahead of where we need to be.
Hes right, what if Syria and Iran (both of whom have troops in Lebanon) decide to do something against the US or to attack Israel, we need a reserve for that.

Bill
29 Jan 04,, 09:49
"Hes right, what if Syria and Iran (both of whom have troops in Lebanon) decide to do something against the US or to attack Israel, we need a reserve for that."

Then Israel could kick the shit out of them all by themselves.

They'd hardly need our help for that.

Conventionally, no one in the ME dares stand up to Israel...which is why this could work.

Let the IDF be OUR reserves for once....instead of the other way around.

We really ought to just wipe out the whole middle east, or at least not interfere while Isreal does it for us.

bigross86
29 Jan 04,, 16:31
Why, thank you Sniper...

Bill
29 Jan 04,, 16:33
Fuhgettaboutit. ;)

Lunatock
29 Jan 04,, 17:13
Guess I'll have to either hurry up with getting a decent Wakazashi forged in Damascus. Or just go to Toledo, Spain to have one forged.