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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 05:31 AM
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52. I doubt it.
It makes sense for both Israel and Syria to fight each other by proxy in Lebanon (unfortunately for the Lebanese). If Iran did choose to get involved (and that would be a choice, the mutual defence pact is really a propaganda exercise directed at others, both countries are far too pragmatic to treat it as an obligation) then the only practical support it could lend Syria is through the air - planes (which as you point out Israel would be little troubled by) and missiles, which might be nasty. Deployment of ground forces would involve them lining up in a neat row in Syria to be slaughtered by Israeli, American or NATO airpower.

Further, Israel lacks the nuclear capabilities to "turn Iran and Syria into glass". Even if it had the bombs, it wouldn't want to do it - the fallout would destroy Israel as well. The area we're talking about is really very small, with precious little clean water - you don't set off nukes willy-nilly in that space.
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