Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Glick: Obama Chastises Israel Again

Caroline Glick

Syria threatens Israel with chemical weapons, Obama pressures Israel
-Caroline Glick

Today it was reported that the Syrian regime is threatening Israel with chemical weapons. According to Reuters' report:

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said the army would not use chemical weapons to crush rebels but could use them against forces from outside the country. "Any chemical or bacterial weapons will never be used ... during the crisis in Syria regardless of the developments," Makdissi said. "These weapons are stored and secured by Syrian military forces and under its direct supervision and will never be used unless Syria faces external aggression."

Israel of course has not threatened to attack Syria. Rather Israel has made clear that it reserves the right to use force to prevent the embattled terror sponsor Bashar Assad from transferring his chemical and biological weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

And now Syria is responding by threatening to attack Israel with chemical weapons.

[J]ust as Iran has done with its nuclear weapons program, Syria has pointed its gun at Israel's head. We know where they want to take this. And if Israel is to survive this Islamist tsunami, things are likely to get very ugly, and very violent very quickly.

To confront these massive threats, Israel could really use American support, even if it is only rhetorical.

[But o]ver the weekend, the US response was that the US is concerned about Israel acting unilaterally.

The Syrian government is daily engaging in massacre. Its opponents, for their part are increasingly open about their jihadist ideology, spurring the Christians of Syria to flee from their homes, and the Alawite minority to fear for their lives. But what makes the Americans most fearful is that these competing groups of terror sponsors and mass murderers will find their arsenals of genocide destroyed by Israel, acting in self-defense.

If this sounds familiar, it is. This is, after all, Obama's primary concern about Iran and its nuclear weapons program.

Many have criticized Obama by arguing that he has no policy on Syria. But actually, he does. He sees Syria in the same light that he sees Iran. In both cases, his main concern is to prevent Israel from defending itself.

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