The Israeli and US missile test yesterday is a troubling development in the impending war on Syria. I've previously noted I believe one key goal of this Obama version of "shock and awe" is to create a pretext to hit Iran as well.
A Russian military expert told the ITAR-TASS News Agency
yesterday that the U.S. and Israel actually wanted to watch the reaction to the launch on the part of Russia, China and Iran.
From 1996 through to 2001, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, Ret. was chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Department for International Defense Cooperation. He is President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems at present. He believes that the missiles were launched for the purposes of reconnaissance.
“Those who launched the two ballistic missiles towards Syria obviously hoped Iran would consider this launch as an attack on Damascus, its ally,” Gen Ivashov went on. “The Pentagon clearly wanted to see if the Iranians would respond to this by delivering a ballistic missile strike at Israel.”
“The provocation would have thus played into Binyamin Netanyahu’s hands and would have helped him to convince his nation that Israel should throw its shoulder into a joint aerospace operation conducted by the U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia against Syria,” he said.
“Had Iran responded to the challenge, the U.S. would have gotten weighty reasons for attacking Syria by way of support for Israel as its ally, since Barack Obama still doesn’t have congressional support for an operation against the Syrian government either among the rank-and-file Americans or in the Congress. In the meantime, the necessity of defending Israel would offer an important argument for shaping up public opinion in favor of ousting the Bashar al-Assad regime.”
“From the angle of view of military strategy, the launch of ballistic missiles compels Syria and Iran to bring into full-scale action all the tracking systems they have,” Gen Ivashov said. “Air defense systems, too, start reacting to missile launches.”
“When this happens, the U.S. warships, aircraft, and ground-based tracking systems immediately do the computerized identification of all the locations in Syria and Iran where combat operations control is exercised from - their working frequencies, the places where radar stations are deployed, their coordinates, technical characteristics, and so on.”
“Right after that, radio-electronic jamming of the enemy’s combat control networks goes into action. It is followed by a string of missile strikes, with the data on location of the enemy’s control and command systems loaded into the programs.”
“As a result, the Syrian and Iranian Armed Forces should lose control and coordination and lose the war eventually,” Gen Ivashov said.
This is a technological side of the provocation but there is a political side to the missile launch, too.
“Israel is demonstrating blatant disregard for the norms of international law,” Gen Ivashov said.
“The Israeli Defense Ministry did not issue a warning to the countries, the ships of which were cruising in the Mediterranean at the moment."
“Nonetheless, the Israeli government was prepared to set the machine of a major war in the Middle East into motion Tuesday - with support from the Pentagon,” he said.