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A prelude to wider conflict

Feb 12,2018 - Last updated at Feb 12,2018

With downing of an Israeli warplane on Saturday by Syrian air defences, followed by more Israeli strikes at Syrian and Iranian military targets in Syria, the stage could be set for further escalation of tensions between Israel and Syria that could extend to Iranian military presence in Syria and in due course to Hizbollah in Lebanon. 

The war rhetoric between Israel, on one hand, and Syria, Iran and Hizbollah on the other has become more bellicose than ever in recent days with pundits and military strategists on both sides of the fence now predicting eventually a full-scale armed conflict, and in the process setting the stage for a wider conflagrationin the region. 

Judging by the fast moving escalations on both sides, such a scenario is no longer far-fetched as the recent war-like developments are quickly becoming a prelude to something wider and more ominous. 

Former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said in reaction to the last few days of escalation   along the Israeli-Lebanese-Syrian borders: "Hopefully it [the war with Hizbollah] won't happen, but I think everybody sort of assumes that there will come a point when it does." 

The former ambassador went on to say that such a war "will not be a walk in the park and there will be Israeli casualties more than in 2006 because Hizbollah has increased its arsenal and its ability to reach a much wider part of Israeli territories and with more precision". 

Should such a scenario take place, and from the looks of things it could happen, the region can expect additional turbulence the like of which it has not witnessed in the recent past. This would mean putting not only the Syrian conflict in deep freeze but also the Palestinian crisis on the back burner. 

This is where the major powers can put their heads together and come up with a grand initiative for the entire region with a view to settle them collectively. 

 

Major powers must get their acts together and come up with an initiative that would save the region from additional wars. A summit of sorts between world leaders for this purpose would seem necessary.  

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The problem is that the international powers do not really want peace. If there was peace they would have no excuse to remain in the region.

IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW YOU DICE IT, THE WORLD IS HEADING TO A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE CATASTROPHY ORIGINATING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST BECAUSE BROTHERS AND SISTERS CAN NOT LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE. NEEDLESS CALLING ON THE SO-CALLED WORLD POWERS TO STEEP IN WITH A FIRE RETARDER WHEN IN FACT SOME ARAB COUNTRIES ARE CHEERING AND HOPING THAT THIS WILL BE IT TO DESTROY WHAT IS LEFT OF SYRIA AND NEVER MIND IRAN THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN CONDEMED BY FIRE. ARE THINGS MENT TO BE THIS WAY?. ANY COUNTRY IN THAT REGION THAT THINKS THAT THEY COULD SIT IT OUT AND POUR PETROL TO FIRE SHOULD READ THE TEA LEAVES OF HISTORY AND CROSS IT WITH THE MORDERN TECHNOLOGY OF WAR. NO COUNTRY OR TRIBE OR RELIGIOUS SECT CAN ESCAPE THE DISASTER OF THIS PROPOTION IF IT DOES NOT EVEN TURN INTO WORLD WAR THREE. USA IN ON ONE SIDE AND RUSSIA ON THE OTHER SIDE AND BOTH HAS SHOWN THAT THEY HAVE NEW TOYS TO TEST. IF IT WAS NOT FOR RUSSIA, THE ISRALI PLANES COULD HAVE PARADED THE SYRIAN AIR SPACE AS USUAL AND USA IS SOLIDLY BEHIND ISRAEL WITH THEIR OWN TOYS WELL POSITIONED AND ENTRENCHED SO WHAT IS NEXT. HERE IS MY PRESCRITIONS TO STOP THESE MADNESS!!!. THE REGIONAL LEADERS OF THE ARAB WORLD SHOULD CRY FOUL NOW AND REACH OUT TO RUSSIA, USA AND WITH ONE VOICE STATE A NIMBY ALTOMATUM THEY WILL NOT LET THIS HAPPEN IN THEIR BACKYARD RATHER THAN TAKING SIDES AS A CHANCE TO ELIMINATE THEIR WHIPPING BOY'S CLUB. NOT JORDAN, NOT SAUDI, NOT KWUATI, NOT LEBANON, NOT ISRAEL OR EVEN TURKY WILL ESCAPE THE DISASTER IF ANY OR ALL OUT WAR BREAKS OUT SO THE SOLUTION NOW IS PREVENTION RATHER THAN CURE. THAT REGION SHOULD BE TIRED OF CONFLICTS, RHETORICS, BELLICOSE WAR TALKS AND EMBRACE PEACE AT LEAST FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR CHILDREN.

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