Damascus countdown: Iran & Syria vow retaliation after Israeli airstrike. Is something more catastrophic coming?

Map locating the Syrian town Jamraya which was hit by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday. (Reuters graphic)

Map locating the Syrian town Jamraya which was hit by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday. (Reuters graphic)

What will be next?

As the implosion of Syria continues unabated, Israeli officials are increasingly worried that weapons of mass destruction positioned on Syrian soil will be used against the Jewish state. Or that they will fall into the hands of anti-Israeli forces. Or be handed over to anti-Israeli forces. Prime Minister Netanyahu and the IDF top brass are also deeply concerned about Iran’s efforts to use the chaos in Syria to divert international attention away from stopping Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. As I’ve written before on this blog — and explore in more detail in my forthcoming geopolitical thriller, Damascus Countdown — the corridor between Tel Aviv, Damascus and Tehran is the most dangerous corridor on the planet at the moment. Iran is getting closer to building The Persian Bomb. More than 40,000 people have been slaughtered inside Syria. The world is not taking decisive action to stop any of this. And there is a growing fear in the region that a countdown may have begun to something even more catastrophic happening in the not-too-distant future. I pray that it doesn’t. But governments are increasingly on edge, and for good reason.

Here’s a snapshot of the latest developments in the last 48 hours:

“Israel bombed a suspected shipment of antiaircraft missiles in Syria on Wednesday, according to regional and U.S. officials, in its most ambitious strike inside its neighbor’s territory in nearly two chaotic years of civil war there,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “The early-morning strike in a border area west of Damascus targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah, the anti-Israel Shiite militant and political group in Lebanon, according to a Western official briefed on the raid.”

“Syria maintained that the accounts of a strike on an arms convoy near the country’s border with Lebanon were wrong. Instead, Syria’s military said, Israeli jets had attacked a military facility near Damascus,” the Journal reports. “‘Israeli warplanes violated our airspace at dawn today and directly struck one of the scientific research centers responsible for elevating resistance and self-defense capabilities in the area of Jamraya in the Damascus countryside,’ Syria’s military said in a statement carried by the official Sana news agency. The attack killed two workers and injured five others, it said, and ’caused significant material damage and the destruction of the complex’ and an adjacent parking lot. Syrian activists say the Jamraya site is in a mountainous area of military facilities and training camps located on a heavily guarded road just off the main Damascus-Beirut highway. Later Wednesday, a U.S. official said the accounts of two targets—a convoy of weapons, and a military site—weren’t mutually exclusive. The U.S. believes Israeli warplanes bombed a Hezbollah-bound convoy of antiaircraft missiles, U.S. officials said. The vehicles may have been close to a military facility, they said, cautioning their information remained incomplete.”

Meanwhile, “Iran threatened that a reported Israeli strike in Syria would have ‘grave consequences for Tel Aviv’ on Thursday, days after saying that an attack on Syria would be seen as an attack on Iran,” reports the Times of Israel. “Syria added that the attacks ‘would not go unanswered.’”

“All options for a response against Israeli aggression are open,” an official close to the Assad regime said, according to Syrian press reports. ”The Zionists are trying to use the situations in Syria to restart the crisis when the government was managing to work toward a diplomatic solution.”

“Angry statements from Russia, Iran and the militantly anti-Israel group Hezbollah underscored the risk that Israel’s action —  which analysts and Western officials described as an attempt to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah outposts in Lebanon —  could hasten the spillover of the civil war in Syria into a wider conflict,” reports the Washington Post.

“Russia said on Thursday it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli attack in Syria and that any such action, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country,” reports Ynet News. “‘If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it,’ the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”

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Basic Emergency Preparedness

Crackpot Preppers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggests three things that you should do to keep yourselves and your family prepared:

• Get one or more emergency preparedness kits
• Make a family emergency plan
• Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area and their appropriate responses.

Everyone should have some basic preparedness supplies on hand in order to survive three days or more if an emergency occurs. The following is a list of some basic items that every emergency preparedness kit should include. However, it is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique needs of your family in order to create an emergency preparedness kit that will meet your needs. You should also consider having two or more emergency preparedness kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in your workplace, vehicle and/or other places you spend time.

Recommended Items to Include in your Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Water: one gallon of water or more per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps: at least city and state

Additional Items to Consider Adding to your Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Important family documents: copies of identification, insurance policies, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container:
• Cash and change equaling around $ 100
• Emergency reference material: a first aid book or survival information such as The SAS Urban Survival Handbook
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket per person: Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Complete change of clothing: long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes per person: Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: Dilute nine parts water to one part bleach to be used as a disinfectant.

In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners
• Fire Extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

You can find basic kits, expanded kits, family kits and other items at my “Survival Gear Central” website.

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Obama Demagogues Immigration: Shapiro
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”: Crime File News
Oregon Sheriff Writes to Joe Biden: Sentinel

The Imperial President Weighs in on Illegal Immigration: Virtuous
The Rising: Liberty’s Torch
Do Not Comply: TL in Exile

Amnesty gang to law-abiders: You’re chumps!: Malkin
The real cost of immigration “reform” — our freedoms: LI
Colorado: Sheriffs Say No to Proposed Gun Control: NRAILA

Economy

California at Twilight: Hanson
“We Are Going To Kill The Dollar” Says Obama Senior Official: Mish
Report: Geico drops coverage of gun part maker: USA Carry

Have You Seen Ted Cruz’ Letter To Rahm Emanuel?: HayRide
Ted Cruz encourages banks to leave Chicago because of Emanuel: DC
Gunships Over Miami: SHTFplan

Shamnesty punishes legal immigrants:: Twitchy
Remember Obama’s tax hikes on the rich to pay debt? He’s spent it all.: IBD
What well-regulated means: Owens

Scandal Central

Surprise: Democrats Have No Intention Of Securing The Border Before Amnesty: Cove
London Daily Mail: Obama Approved Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria to Blame on Assad: Atlas
$ 125 Mil in “Improper” Medicare Payments for Illegals, Prisoners: JW

Report: FBI raids office of Florida doctor linked to Sen. Menendez: Times
OH Natl. Guard Reacts to 2nd Amendment “Domestic Terrorists” in Mock Disaster Drill: Nice Deb
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Climate & Energy

Draft IPCC Report Shows 20 Years Of Overestimated Globull Warming: Cove
Al Gore: Why no, I’m not a hypocrite for selling Current TV to oil emirs.: IHTM
Chinese Group Approved To Buy Ailing, Taxpayer-Funded A123 Systems Battery Firm: GreenCar

Media

Figures. Obama Campaign Goes to NBC for Donations: GWP
The ‘40 Percent’ Myth : Lott
WaPo: Assault-weapons ban is probably DOA: Hot Air

CBS’s Kroft on Why Obama Does 60 Minutes: ‘He Knows We’re Not Going To Play Gotcha With Him’: NB
Hah! Dana Loesch Pulls Out AR15 Lighter on Piers Morgan Show : GWP
Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting… Then Deletes It: WS

Fox News Fights Back Against Obama Smear: Commentary
How’s that women-empowering sexual revolution thing working out for you?: DTG
“If It Only Saves One Life”: Tales From a Tribble

On Bias, Yet Again: Ace
Mark Levin to begin regular appearances on Hannity going forward: Scoop
Sotomayor’s autobiography whitewashes radical college years: CDN

World

The best friend our enemies could have: Genghis John Kerry, Secretary of State: WyBlog
Report: Starving North Korean Villagers Resorting to Cannibalism: Breitbart
France and African Allies Sweep Northward after Seizing Timbuktu: Cutting Edge

Britain’s infernal cocktail of hate: Phillips
Immigration Reform Is a Farce: RWN
Egypt: Rape squads of Tahrir Square, Muslim Brotherhood “state-backed gangs” are terrorising women: Atlas

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

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Cornucopia

Obama Signs Executive Order Moving Center to the Left: Cube
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QOTD: “California has changed not due to race but due to culture, most prominently because the recent generation of immigrants from Latin America did not — as in the past, for the most part — come legally in manageable numbers and integrate under the host’s assimilationist paradigm. Instead, in the last three decades huge arrivals of illegal aliens from Mexico and Latin America saw Democrats as the party of multiculturalism, separatism, entitlements, open borders, non-enforcement of immigration laws, and eventually plentiful state employment.

Given the numbers, the multicultural paradigm of the salad bowl that focused on “diversity” rather than unity, and the massive new government assistance, how could the old American tonic of assimilation, intermarriage, and integration keep up with the new influxes? It could not.

Finally, we live in an era of untruth and Orwellian censorship. It is absolutely taboo to write about the above, or to talk about the ever more weird artifacts of illegal immigration — the war now on black families in demographically changing areas of Los Angeles, the statistics behind DUI arrests, or the burgeoning profile of Medi-Cal recipients.” –Victor Davis Hanson

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Tensions with Syria escalate. Netanyahu orders Iron Dome batteries deployed in North. Number of Israelis seeking gas masks triples.

“Two Iron Dome batteries have been deployed in northern Israel over the past few days, the IDF said on Sunday,” reports Ynet News. “One battery of the missile-defense system was deployed in the Krayot area, while the other was installed in the Galilee region. Additional, fully operational batteries have already been deployed in the Haifa are and in other locations. About a week ago the security establishment successfully tested an upgraded version of the Iron Dome rocket defense system in Israel’s central region. The upgrades are designed to give the Iron Dome ‘improved capabilities against an unprecedented range of threats,’ the Defense Ministry said. ‘The test, which was completed successfully, will lead to an upgrade in Iron Dome’s operational capabilities.’”

Meanwhile, Ynet also reports: ”The defense establishment’s concerns about the potential threat of chemical weapons from Syria and Hezbollah has not gone unnoticed by the Israeli public. The Israel Postal Serivce reported Wednesday that more Israelis are updating their gas masks and ABC kits. In fact, the number of Israelis changing their nonconventional warfare protection kits has nearly tripled over the past month. The public demand can be attributed to recent upheaval in Syria and the alarming possibility that the regime’s arsenal of nonconventional weapons may find its way to Hezbollah, as was implied by IAF Chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel Tuesday. ‘Syria is undergoing tectonic changes. Given its massive arsenals, Israel may find itself dealing with nonconventional weapons on its borders,’ Eshel said.”

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