Michael Totten

No Peace with Syria

By Michael J. Totten
Last summer in the wake of the July War between Israel and Hezbollah I wrote War is coming again, and it’s coming like Christmas.
I may have been off by six months.
The Lebanese Army reports that Syria is sending weapons and terrorist/guerilla reinforcements to the war of the camps in Lebanon.
At the same time, Syrian MP Mohammad Habash confirms (if he isn’t bluffing, and maybe he is) that Syria is preparing for a conventional war against the Israel Defense Forces this summer.
Bashar Assad is perhaps more emboldened by Israeli and American fecklessness and imcompetence that he ought to be. It wouldn’t be the first time in history that a fourth-rate power misjudged the West and blundered into a catastrophe. He may want to consult the ghosts of Gamal Abdel Nasser and Saddam Hussein.