Deja vue all over again

┬áThe massacres in Syria are a repetition of those carried out by Pres. Assad senior in 1982, when he is reputed to have killed 20,000 people. On that occasion he bombarded Hama with artillery against defenceless people, and nobody did anything. Now history is repeating itself, with Pres. Assad junior currently up to about 10,000 killed throughout Syria, but many people have been arrested and taken away and tortured and are never seen again, so the actual total number is a guess. Like father, like son, or the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So all this was predictable when the so-called Arab Spring finally reached Syria. Let’s face it, the Assad regime and their supporters, Iran, Russia and China, do not have the greatest human rights records. They could care less whether tens of thousands are killed as long as their interests are not affected.

Another case of deja vue is the terrorists in Gaza agreeing to a ceasefire and then firing additional missiles into Israel. After the ceasefire supposedly was agreed yesterday, two Grad rockets were fired at Beersheva last night. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome system and one landed in an unpopulated area. In response, the IDF attacked two sites in Gaza, a munitions warehouse and a smuggling tunnel to Egypt in the south. Clearly this was tit-for-tat, Israel does not seek a widening conflict, and the hope is that the terrorists will adhere to the ceasefire once they have established that they don’t make ceasefires with the Zionist enemy.

It is well to remember that with all the talk about Iran and its nuclear weapons programs, as PM Netanyahu told the Knesset yesterday “Iran is in Gaza.” Islamic Jihad is a fully controlled proxy of Iran and fires missiles when ordered to by the Iranian National Guard. Hizbollah in Lebanon is also a Shiite terrorist organization that is intimately related to Iran’s policies. The possibility of a three-front war (or even four front if one includes Syria, although Syria is no state to attack Israel right now) cannot be ruled out, and Israel must prepare for it. But, it may be that Israel will decide to pre-emptively attack Hizbollah and IJ in Gaza before it needs to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear capabilities.

About the Author
Jack Cohen was born in London and has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He moved to the US and worked at the National Cancer Inst. and then Georgetown Medical School. In 1996, he Moved to Israel and became Chief Scientist of the Sheba Medical Center. He retired in 2001 and worked as a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University Medical School for 5 years.