Israel bombs Syrian terrorist camp

10.05.03

Israel has bombed a terrorist camp inside Syria in retaliation for yesterday’s Haifa bombing:

Palestinian sources in Beirut said Israeli warplanes raided a facility belonging to Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), injuring one man. In addition to PFLP members, terrorists from Islamic Jihad, Hamas and al Qaeda also utilized the camp for training. Among the buildings hit in the raid was a weapons workshop used by Islamic Jihad.

Military sources said that the base was selected as a target because of the central role that Islamic Jihad played in the Haifa bombing. The decision to carry out the raid was made in response to the bombing 12 hours earlier in Haifa.

“The Islamic Jihad, like other terror organisations … enjoys the support and backing of countries in the region – foremost Iran and Syria,” the army statement said.

Syria is screaming of course, and issued a statement denying that the target was a terrorist camp, calling it a “civilian target” – which is a bit hard to swallow, considering the video footage released by the IDF showing a tour of the camp . . . and the fact that the Palestinians also claim it’s a training camp. Considering terror-sponsoring Syria is on the UN Security Council, we can probably expect another resolution in short order, condemning Israel without making any mention of the terrorist attack that killed 20 innocent Israelis.

30 years ago today was the start of the Yom Kippur war. But it seems unlikely that Syria will attack militarily. 2003 is not 1973 and even the Syrians aren’t that dumb.

This may have been a risky move for Israel . . . but it’s probably a necessary one, to expose to the world that the so-called “underdog” is really backed and sponsored by some of the world’s strongest countries.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hanthala 11.30.-1 at 12:00 AM

Heh. The UN security council seat means nothing and you know that. Give me a break.

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2 Hanthala 10.05.03 at 10:08 PM

Syria one of the world’s strongest countries? You’ve got to be kidding Segacs.

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3 segacs 10.05.03 at 10:19 PM

Politically, if not militarily. Syria is on the UN Security Council at the moment, or did I need to remind you of that?

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4 segacsohsegacs 10.06.03 at 1:19 AM

“even the syrians aren’t that dumb”, Segacs?

sigh. “even the syrians”, “them”, “they”..

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5 growup 10.06.03 at 5:24 AM

i like it … adam, did you have some other third-person plural pronoun you preferred?

(or maybe you’d prefer to regale us with tales of the world-renowed acumen and razor-sharp instincts of the syrian diplomatic corps, which thus far has managed to do … what, exactly? apparent from the young king’s, uh, eloquence.)

as usual, we’ve got the fascist fringe showing up and claiming that critism of any arab government is racism — and trying to silence all those who would dare engage in any criticism of arab governments. sorry, adam; it doesn’t work very well for the dictators, and it certainly won’t work for their flunkies.

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6 Jonny 10.06.03 at 10:37 PM

Sari, I have to agree with Hanthala on this one. The UNSC resolutions arent’ worth the paper they’re written on.

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7 segacs 10.07.03 at 5:33 AM

Jonny, I agree that the General Assembly resolutions aren’t worth diddlysquat. But the Security Council at least still holds SOME sway.

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8 Anonymous 10.08.03 at 5:54 PM

Sari, besides the 5 permanent members who have veto, the rest of the council is a joke.

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9 Me 10.10.03 at 3:59 PM

Yes, Syria has so much influence on the UNSC that it couldn’t even get them to pass a resolution condemning a blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty and what, by the UN’s own charter, qualifies as an act of war.

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