Silence in Syria, Panic in Iran

In the wake of the Israeli air strike near Dayr az-Zawr in Syria, the one thing most universally noted by observers was the silence from Israeli, American, and other Western security sources. The sudden ability to keep a secret from leaking amazes us all.

But the telling silence may have been that in Syria itself, as Dr. Jack Wheeler explains for To The Point News:

Notice how far away Dayr az-Zawr is from Israel. An F15/16 attack there is not a tiptoe across the border, but a deep, deep penetration of Syrian airspace. And guess what happened with the Russian super-hyper-sophisticated cutting edge antiaircraft missile batteries when that penetration took place on September 6th.


El blanko. Silence. The systems didn’t even light up, gave no indication whatever of any detection of enemy aircraft invading Syrian airspace, zip, zero, nada. The Israelis (with a little techie assistance from us) blinded the Russkie antiaircraft systems so completely the Syrians didn’t even know they were blinded.

Now you see why the Syrians have been scared speechless. They thought they were protected – at enormous expense – only to discover they are defenseless. As in naked.

Thus the Great Iranian Freak-Out – for this means Iran is just as nakedly defenseless as Syria. I can tell you that there are a lot of folks in the Kirya (IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv) and the Pentagon right now who are really enjoying the mullahs’ predicament. Let’s face it: scaring the terror masters in Tehran out of their wits is fun.

Read it all at the link above. Certainly, something enabled the Israelis to penetrate all those air defenses, attracting nary a barrage of anti-aircraft missiles or even a general alert.

The last known major breakthrough in “cloaking” technology, Stealth, came over twenty years ago. We leaked its development before deployment, but there was a clear geopolitical purpose to that: pressuring the Soviets. Combined with Reagan’s waving the “Star Wars” missile defense program, the message was clear: “We will soon be able to block you, and you won’t even be able to see us.” It requires little imagination to suppose we’ve been working on further advances since, which might have been kept under wraps for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear targets – until the Syrians began their little science project with North Korean “cement” (as the shipment from Pyongyang delivered to Syria shortly before the attack was labeled).

Wheeler is careful to note we still don’t know exactly what the target was – whatever it was, Israel considered it deadly serious business, the US must have concurred, and the mild reaction from Europe and moderate Arab states tends to confirm their own agreement – but that it doesn’t matter so much as the fact it could be hit without detection.

Thanks to my friend “Joe Six-pack” for forwarding this article.

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