PAT BUCHANAN: US being sucked into Syria's war?

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Indeed, why would Iran, which, with Assad, Russia and Hezbollah, is among the victors in Syria's six-year civil war, wish to reignite the bloodletting and bring Israeli and USA firepower in on the other side? What guarantees the security and stability of countries that are surrounded with war is security, and an end to expansive political projects.

The weekend also suggests Russian Federation is now an essential arbiter in the region where nobody considers Syria's borders anything other than lines on a map, and preparations for a war on Iran progress. Bloomberg is reporting that as many as 200 Russian contract soldiers fighting for the Syrian army were killed last week in an attack on a base held by US and Kurdish forces in the Deir Ezzor region. Instead, Putin is using Iran to provide ground forces and enlisting contractors, like those Cossacks from a private Russian company named Wagner, to fight and die - as dozens did the other day in a USA airstrike - on the ground. Major powers must get their acts together and come up with an initiative that would save the region from additional wars.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not ruling out further military action. So far, the Trump administration's response looks underpowered. He has to decide whether to keep backing Syria and Iran or decrease his risks in the region.

Regarding the weekend events, Lieberman promised matters are being handled, "with determination and responsibility", adding "permit me to paraphrase, this is not a time to bark but a time to bite and we will bite very strongly". As you know, the president continued regular contacts with his colleagues from Turkey and Iran in recent weeks.

But there's an old Yiddish saying that, "you can't dance at all weddings", and Iran's provocation of Israel is starting to make that more of a reality for the Kremlin.

It often seems that Iran and the Syrian regime are speaking the same narrative. Anyone with a weapon appears to be invited to a horrific conflict that has seen Syrians bombed by almost a dozen different countries - the U.S. military alliance in the east of the country includes Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, France has bombed targets in the country, Russia's air force is in constant action, Turkey has invaded the north, while Israel bombs at will - as well as their own government. Because the global circumstances will not allow neither Israel nor Iran to change radically the regional balance of power as they like it.

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They do tolerate Israel's airstrikes as well as Iranian activities in Syria, but they are trying to avoid taking sides. This will only garner them more support from the rest of the Muslim world.

Moreover, capitulation to Israel's policy would have repercussions for Hezbollah and Iran's ability to embolden its ally.

A former chief of Israeli military intelligence put it this way "Israel has the capability to destroy the Russian and Iranian project to save the Assad regime". Mark Kirk (R- Ill.), wrote that Iran, by sending a drone into Israel, was testing not just Israel's military response, but also the resolve of the U.S.

"I think that this incident is likely to be contained", he said.

It says that during the attack anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in northern Israel. "We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security". The shockwave of a third war in this region would have an impact over the Mediterranean.

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