The civil war in Syria cannot be taken lightly as it is silently but swiftly becoming a war front on which the fight between capitalism and its opposing nations is being reborn after its apparent death, following the fall of Russia in Afghanistan. Nations are re-grouping, as well as their proxy militant groups, on a battlefield where religion, dictatorship, terrorism and national security interest are fight for new definitions.
Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are at Assad`s side while NATO and FSA are with the rebel forces, the rebels are also being joined by new ranks from around the world like the terrorist organizations TTP(Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan), who are making their way into Syria as the War on Terror, at the Afghan front will be over in 2014, and there would no longer have a purpose of existence over there.
The US, with a financial crisis in the homefront, can definitely not afford another war, are fighting a proxy war by helping the rebel forces and drawing red lines Assad`s Regime in the international diplomatic front, but the diplomatic war seems to be fruitless as these red lines have been broken multiple times by the Assad`s Regime without any fear.
Israel a financial giant, master in 4th Generation Warfare, having one of the most technologically advanced army, is making bold interventions in the war scene, showing fearlessness on behest of its global allies. Israel being the neighbor of Syria also fears for its national security as it alleges Russia to be providing the Assad`s Regime with advanced missiles capable of hitting Israel.
Israel cannot be sure of anything, as the Russian weapons are ending up in the hands of their biggest enemy Hezbollah, who are fighting on Assad`s side along with Syria`s demoralized Army. Iran is also helping the Assad regime, who has many times openly declared Israel their enemy, while Hezbollah has been funded by Iran from the start.
After the Russia-Afghanistan war this is the first time Russia is on a front foot, in support of the Middle Eastern Nations, whilst the western powers as well as Israel are trying to stop that from happening, fearing that the Russia/Iran/ Syria block could harm their interests.
Recently Russian missiles have been destroyed by Israel in Syria; Media sources have reported Israel’s target at Latakia was a Yakhont missile cache. This was one of Russia’s advanced anti-ship weapons that would cripple Israel’s navy, were Israel to attack Hezbollah in Lebanon, as it did in 2006. The question is how Putin will react. He is not one to take such a hostile act lying down.
A massive explosion last Thursday at a major Syrian weapons depot in Latakia, not far from the main port of Tartus, completely destroyed the facility and munitions stored there. Tartus is Syria’s main port. It is largely controlled by the Russian military, and the route by which all weapons transported by sea would enter Syria. This is Israel’s third attack inside Syria since January.
Though Putin was surely warned by Israel that this would happen if he went forward with the arms deal, but actually attacking Russian munitions is an act to which Putin will not take kindly, to say the least.
Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council, said a pre-dawn strike on Friday hit a Syrian navy barracks at Safira, near the port of Latakia. He said that the rebel forces’ intelligence network had identified newly supplied Yakhont missiles being stored there.
“It was not the FSA that targeted this,” Saadeddine told Reuters. “It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels… This attack was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean,” he said.
Rebels described huge blasts – the ferocity of which, they said, was beyond the firepower available to them but consistent with that of a modern military like Israel’s.
Asked about the Latakia blasts, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters: “We have set red lines in regards to our own interests, and we keep them. There is an attack here, an explosion there, various versions – in any event, in the Middle East it is usually we who are blamed for most.”
Israel and Russia should work on making peace rather than making war. If grievances keep piling up, this apparent civil war could just as well become a World War. Whatever the consequences might be, the world cannot take this risk. Israel should take the first step towards a peace process, seize from bombarding Syria for its own interests, and must rather submit to the interest of human rights and the Syrian people.