Jonathan Cook, Electronic Lebanon, Sep 28, 2007
|Just months after Israel’s war on Lebanon came to an end, Israeli peace-activists protest in Tel Aviv with stickers reading, “Talk with Syria,” November 2006. (Moti Milrod/MaanImages)|
Israel’s air strike on northern Syria earlier this month should be understood in the context of events unfolding since its assault last summer on neighboring Lebanon. Although little more than rumors have been offered about what took place, one strategic forecasting group, Stratfor, still concluded: “Something important happened.”
From the leaks so far, it seems that more than half a dozen Israeli warplanes violated Syrian airspace to drop munitions on a site close to the border with Turkey. We also know from the US media that the “something” occurred in close coordination with the White House. But what was the purpose and significance of the attack?