UPDATE: This morning CBC is reporting unconfirmed airstrikes on the Syrian border by Israeli jets, apparently in an effort to block Hezbollah from acquiring weapons from Syria and attacking Israel....
and this just in....
Israel ramps up warplane presence over Lebanon amid fears of chemical weapons in Syria
By Zeina Karam, Associated Press, in National Post, January 30, 2013
BEIRUT — The Lebanese military said Wednesday that Israeli warplanes have sharply increased their activity over Lebanon in the past week, including at least 12 sorties in less than 24 hours in the country’s south.
The flights come amid Israeli concerns about the civil war in neighboring Syria and fears that advanced weapons could reach hostile groups in Syria or the militant anti-Israel Hezbollah group in Lebanon.
Among Israeli security officials’ chief fears is that Hezbollah could get its hands on Syrian chemical arms and SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles. If that were to happen, it would change the balance of power in the region and greatly hinder Israel’s ability to conduct air sorties in Lebanon.
Iran warns against attacking Syria
A top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran.
By Bassem Mroue and Ali Akbar Dareini Associated Press, in Toronto Star, January 26 2013
BEIRUT—Issuing Tehran’s strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops discovered a trio of tunnels rebels were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad.
The world has been grappling over how to deal with Syria ever since an uprising against Assad’s regime erupted nearly two years ago. But so far there has been no international intervention on the ground where more than 60,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations.
Iran is Syria’s strongest ally in the Middle East and has provided Assad’s government with military and political backing for years.
In September, the top commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the elite unit had high-level advisers in Syria. Iran also is believed to be sending weapons and money to Syria as it endures its worst crisis in decades.
“Syria plays a very key role in supporting or, God forbid, destabilizing the resistance front,” Velayati was quoted by Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency as saying. “For this same reason, (an) attack on Syria is considered (an) attack on Iran and Iran’s allies.”
By backing the rebels trying to oust the Syrian leader, the U.S. and Arab states in the Gulf attacked the “golden ring of resistance,” Valayati said, referring to the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah and to Iran and Syria, which are all anti-American.
Terrorists seem more than a little adept at creating a chaotic situation that "draws" outside forces into the fray in more than one location, using their grasp of the mentality of many western leaders to "do something" about messy and dangerous situations.
In Mali, the Islamic terrorists, probably a few ragtag armed, and over-stuffed with "macho" testosterone on behalf of Allah, are creating chaos, to which the French and their allies are now committed to "eliminate" them....as if that end result were feasible.
In Syria, according to this story, Iran now threatens the west, that an attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban have created so much chaos that a decade plus of violence and the loss of hundreds, if not thousands, of lives, both Afghans and NATO soldiers.
In Yemen, the AlQaeda derivatives are wreaking havoc in another fragile, if not failed, state.
In all three theatres, the Americans either are already, or will soon, deploy their drone attacks, targeting those Islamic extremists.
How long will it be before the drones begin flying over Syria, in support of the rebels?
And, what will the headlines look like if and when those attacks become "public"?
It would seem that, without a state, without an army, without a military establishment, without a bomb and without a boundary in which to contain those terrorists, they are demonstrating a resilience, and an insidious virulence, similar to the incubation, metastizing and growth of a cancer tumour in the geopolitical "body" without an effective and efficient and cost-effective eradicator.
Just as in the cancer wars, we are attempting many different interventions simultaneously, and yet, when one region grows more quiet, another erupts in violence....and the innocent continue to wear a target on their backs.