Wednesday, June 28, 2006
One thing about the Israelis, they have a sense of humor. According to Stratfor, the Israeli air force is up to its old tricks:
Israeli warplanes fly over the home of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, according to Israeli officials. The last time Israeli planes came near al Assad was when F-16s buzzed his summer residence in Latakia, Syria, on Aug. 18, 2003.
In other words, "we know where you live, and your air defenses are powerless to do anything about it."
Al-Jazz quotes the Syrians, who not surprisingly have a somewhat different take:
Syria said its air defences opened fire on Israeli warplanes that overflew the country, forcing them to flee.
To Al-Jazz's credit, the are equally skeptical of Syria's claims:
State-run Syrian television said two Israeli planes flew near Syria's Mediterranean coast but did not mention Israel's claim that the planes swooped low over the president's summer residence.
It would have been tough to square with the image of fleeing Israelis.
The exercise, of course, had a point: Syria might wish to reconsider its support for the murder of civilians in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.