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Syrian Tanks Enter Golan Heights DMZ, Israel Military Warns

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With everyone's attention focused on the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, some may have forgotten that the Middle East is the proverbial powder keg, just waiting for an Archduke and a lit match, not necessarily in that order. Moments ago, Israel's military reminded us of just that when it reported that 3 Syrian tanks have entered the Golan Heights DMZ. Because it appears that the absolutely deranged and insane (or at least that's how it will be portrayed) Syrian regime is not satisfied with provoking the humanistic Western media with "offensive" measures taken against both Turkey and Lebanon, it now has decided to enter the lion's mouth, and is begging, just begging, for a UN-endorsed retaliation. How soon until Syria floats a submarine into New York harbor where it explodes but only after leaving a convenient note saying "Death to the Infidels, Love Syria." Or something just as realistic.

Syrian tank as seen in the border area.

Smoke marks the border area

From AP:

Israel's military says three Syrian tanks have entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights.


A military spokeswoman says Israel complained to the U.N. peacekeeping force in the area after the tanks entered Saturday.


The spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military protocol, did not elaborate. The relatively low-key response suggested Israel did not see the armor as an immediate threat.


There are concerns in Israel that violence from Syria's civil war could spill over a long-quiet frontier. Misfired Syrian shells have exploded inside Israel on several occasions. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it.

And translated from Israeli Ynet, which was the original source of the information:

Tanks entered the village of Bir Ajami, a few miles from the IDF outpost, and took part in fighting against rebel forces. Following entry, the alert level was raised Northern Command Heights area. Army also filed a complaint to the headquarters of the UN forces that enforce the ceasefire.


According to information received from the army, along with three Syrian tanks also operate two armored personnel carriers, but this report has not been verified.


Tanks entered the village of Bir Ajami, a few miles from the IDF outpost, and took part in fighting against rebel forces taking place in recent days. Stated, the incident exception, raised the level of alert and vigilance of the Northern Command area Heights. Addition, the last day several mortar shells fell shot in the internal conflict in Syria in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, one of which may be causing a fire broke out on Mount strength adjacent to the border.


The IDF said that although no mortar shell landed in Israel. Firefighters were extinguishing the fire place, and at the end of operation, the IDF and the saboteurs are expected to search the area and see if the fire broke out as a result of one of the shells fell. Does not damage the IDF post at the top of the mountain and there were no injuries. Meanwhile, the IDF blocked access to the border area.


In recent months intensified fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army in the Golan, especially in the village Joey thought linked to cell border, and recently also drifted south. A month ago, fell several mortar shells in agricultural areas in Israel, near the border with Syria to the north plateau. No injuries or damage. Apparently, it was bombs fired by Syrian army, in efforts to repel the rebels and end the violent conflict that affects the country in recent months.


The attack took place a day before the opening of an international conference in Doha, Qatar, which come with a Syrian opposition activists are expected to recognize the United States and its partners led the resistance. Since the beginning of the uprising doubted the effectiveness of leadership in exile due to the loose connection to the rebels fighting in the area.

Well, it's settled then: Syria can't wait to start a war, hopefully one which also involves Iran, and provokes the punishment of NATO and the west, but best if it keeps Russia and China out of it, because the last thing even Israel wants is to start World War 4.

In the meantime, the US naval update in the region shows a whopping 4 tactical groups now in the Arabian gulf: 2 carriers group, and two big-deck amphibious groups.

Source: Stratfor


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Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:07 | 2944254 Xibalba
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Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:13 | 2944273 lakecity55
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And, remember, sometime during the Gog-Magog thingy, Damascus is supposed to be obliterated.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:16 | 2944283 LetThemEatRand
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At least there are not a whole bunch of religious zealots in positions of power who think that the "end times" need a little encouragement from U.S. war planes so they can be magically beamed up to heaven sooner rather than later.  

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:24 | 2944303 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Israel sends tanks into the DMZ under a false flag.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:57 | 2944377 Dabale arroz a ...
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Say Israel, say "FSA" (Free Syrian Army)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:13 | 2944518 walküre
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Why would Syria have any ambition to tackle the biggest bully in that region? They've got shit going on all over the place in their own backyard. Their army is fully engaged in combating the domestic uprising. Part of the army deflecting over to the insurgence. Assad has Russia's blessing to keep power in Syria but if Assad attacked Israel, the Russians would call him back and tear him up. The Russian's support for Assad is no secret. The last thing the Russians want is to be dragged into a full blown escalation in that region.

Russia Today has the story

a military official told the AP on conditions of anonymity. The tanks crossed the border Saturday.

The AP will report anything. Especially from anonymous military sources.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:30 | 2944546 Freewheelin Franklin
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You can't make this shit up

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:51 | 2944579 redpill
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If there are tanks in it, it's not really a demilitarized zone anymore, now is it.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:24 | 2944656 Uncle Remus
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  • Do they have any ammo
  • Are Syrian military operating the tanks and if so, not under duress
  • Are they really Syrian tanks
Sat, 11/03/2012 - 21:18 | 2945401 strannick
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-Or maybe they are just armed Syrian tanks going into the G.H. Sometimes a sausage is just a sausage.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:01 | 2945473 Spirit Of Truth
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My apocalyptic vision began with seeing a special report of a chemical SCUD missile attack on Israel.  At this historical juncture, Syria would be the most likely source of such an attack.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 23:00 | 2945571 AldousHuxley
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What are some stocks in play for Syrian war?



Sun, 11/04/2012 - 00:11 | 2945648 Dalago
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"Israel complained to the U.N. peacekeeping force"


...Jews complain?

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 07:39 | 2945845 Boris Alatovkrap
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Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:03 | 2944868 boogerbently
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Syria is a "shell country" doing the bidding of their sponsors......

sounds PAINFULLY familiar.

Is this the "mysterious, Black Swan" event??


another "End of Days" prediction that gets laughed off the next day??

Stay tuned to FOX, CNN, ZH, BLS.......whatever your poison.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 18:14 | 2945007 lakecity55
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"AP will say anything, especially if they can make it up."

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:55 | 2944485 Bedonkedonk
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Fixed it for you.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:19 | 2944647 millus
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Don't worry.  There will be a politician come on the scene real soon.  He will answers to all of your questions.  Hopefully, I will not be around.  lol.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:08 | 2944878 boogerbently
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My sentiments, exactly!

It's a "win-win" either way.

I go skiing real soon, or see Jesus real soon.

.....How about those Giants, huh!!!!

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 18:13 | 2945002 lakecity55
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No doubt his aircraft tail # will be "UN666."

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:34 | 2944327 vast-dom
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ask yourselves: why is oil stomped down to sub $85? there is more than enough wiggle room to blow shit up, assuming the Strait of Hormuz isn't closed off, for too long. 

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:48 | 2944354 malikai
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I think oil is sub 85 because everyone thinks it's crash time. But after the "election"? Hmm..

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 21:06 | 2945385 mjcOH1
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"ask yourselves: why is oil stomped down to sub $85? there is more than enough wiggle room to blow shit up, assuming the Strait of Hormuz isn't closed off, for too long. "


Because supply hasn't been restricted but the world economy is crashing, and demand just imploded in the east coast megapolis where millions of cars are idled, millions of homes aren't burning fuel oil because of lack of electricity, and large industrial consumers (including power plants) are off line and will be offline for weeks?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:56 | 2944375 Dr. Engali
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It makes you wonder that's for sure.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:44 | 2944464 Wolferl
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That seems close to another "Radio Gleiwitz" incident to me. But hey, you stupid jewish tank drivers in Syrian uniforms, the war is supposed to start AFTER Obumu is reelected, read your fucking memos.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:56 | 2944486 LongSoupLine
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Who gives a fuck!

The fact we're even remotely fixated on the middle east blowing the fuck out of each other is the reason we're so fucked as a nation. I can give two shits if those fucks bomb the fuck out of each other. End the Fed, fire Congress, reform taxes, restructure the two party system, eliminate the treasury, put Holder in prison.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:30 | 2944672 Uncle Remus
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"End the Fed, fire Congress, reform taxes, restructure the two party system, eliminate the treasury, put Holder in prison."

Nice Christmas list.

If I had children of that age, I'd have them tell this to Santa while on his lap for the photo-op.

Saaaay, what was that catch-all Santa Claus address the USPS uses to capture those cute/heart-breaking/heart-warming/un-fucking-believable letters from kids to Santa?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:40 | 2944566 DosZap
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Not quite yet..................

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:08 | 2944259 Poetic injustice
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Let me get this straight.
Country which is embroiled in civil war thanks to CIA financed insurgent/terrorists, now wants to pick a fight with local power which receives lavish war material subsidies from USA?

I guess that Turkey provocation did not play out first time, eh?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:28 | 2944542 dermus
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The material subsidies are meaningless to Israel. Really the US just uses them to subsidize it's own defense sector while containing Israel into a US-lead Israel-Egypt peace treaty that insures the stability of the (British-free) Suez canal and ensures that the Egyptians are out of the Soviet Russian block and the Israelis are out of the French block contained in a pseudo non-alliance with the US and aligned against their only truly logical geopolitical ally, Iran.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:09 | 2944611 Precious
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"material subsidies are meaningless to Israel"

Right.  If they are so fucking meaningless then Israel can give them back.  What a dumbshit.  

And anyone who believes your heeb propaganda is also a dumbshit.

Go fuck youself, lying tool.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:31 | 2944928 blunderdog
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     If they are so fucking meaningless then Israel can give them back.

Uh...they DO give them back.  That's what he just said. 

It works like this:
1) FEDGOV gives "money" to Israel. 
2) Israel BUYS military hardware from 'Merkin defense contractors.
3) PROFITS from our totally superior weapons industry flow to the folks who own those businesses.
4) Wealthy businessmen fund the political careers of the guys who make sure we keep giving "money" to Israel.

It seems a bit roundabout, but we have to do it that way because we're a free capitalist society. 

If the gummit just gave money directly to our defense contractors and gave the weapons to Israel it would be communism. 

Communism is bad.  We're good.  So there's obviously no similarity at all.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 21:53 | 2945459 jeff montanye
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you make a witty point but the subservience of the u.s. to the zionist entity is beyond argument.  the u.n. vetoes, the resupply at the critical point of the yom kippur war, the near unanimous congressional votes in support of whatever israel does, the annual genuflecting pilgrimage of u.s. politicians to aipac, the iraq war at the behest of the project for a new american century and ariel sharon's inner circle, and the most foreign aid to any country since ww2.

oh, and if you really give money back, you don't get anything for it.  as opposed to buying things. 

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 23:16 | 2945585 dermus
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The Arabs broke through the Bar Lev line in the 73 war, at which point the Israelis told the US that if the Arabs got anywhere near Tel Aviv they would nuke them. The US relayed the message to the Arabs and they stopped, at which point the Israelis broke through the Suez and encircled the Egyptian 3rd Army. They were 40 kms from Cairo. At that point, the Soviets told the US that if Israel took Cairo, the Black Sea Fleet would intervene, and the US told Israel to halt.

After that, US policy towards Israel changed because Israel having a nuke (French technology) meant Israel could at best be contained/isolated, not defeated. And that is what became the objective of US foreign policy.

The US always refers to Israel as their number one ally in the region, when in reality the Arab states are it's allies. The Iraqi Army invaded Israel several times through Jordan. Today the US is rebuilding the Iraqi Army. Iraq doesn't even recognize Israel. Every president pledges to relocate the US embasy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, but no a single one ever does, from any party. This is because it would signal a break in the US-Arab alliance. Israel bombed the OSIRAK reactor in Iraq in 82, and the US protested (even in the UN). The US joined the anti-apartheid coalition and broke the goverment of Israel's ally, South Africa.

Having Israel reliant on US weapons and parts rather than French weapons and parts is just part of the price the US is willing to pay to keep Israel as a party to the Camp David accords, and therefore contained as a condition of the US-Arab alliance. In exchange the US gets something much more important to it - all Arab oil being priced in USD. The only Arab states that get invaded are invaded because they tried to break from that understanding. Hussein tried to sell his oil in Euros, and Ghadaffi tried to sell his in gold.

Thinking Israel has substancial "influence" with the US is hilarious - it's all for show. The extent of the public genuflexing is the extent of the swindle.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 13:12 | 2946209 blunderdog
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     oh, and if you really give money back, you don't get anything for it.  as opposed to buying things.

Sounds like you didn't quite get the point.

Israel is doing the US government a FAVOR.  If we don't give them money to buy weapons from our failing state-run industry, we have to bail out Boeing and Grumman and GE and DOW DIRECTLY, and no one really likes how that looks.  We'll do it whenever we have to, as demonstrated by the dozens of government-funded bailouts over the past 40 years, but it's BEST if we can avoid it.

They're helping us keep up appearances.

(Another thing the Israelis don't often get credit for: they're demonstrating, on a daily basis, what kind of *resources* are required to maintain a modern apartheid state, just in case we ever have to roll in tanks and put down civil unrest in the US.  Palestinians = po'folk.)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:41 | 2944943 dermus
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By meaningless, I meant in regards to the post I was replying to, which implied that Israel was a regional power because of the aid.

Israel didn't get US aid until AFTER the Egypt-Israel treaty, by which time it had won several wars and had nuclear weapons, meaning it couldn't be defeated in the short term but only contained.

The aid is meaningless in that it changes nothing about the power relations in the region, it just ensures a flimsy truce that keeps "stability" (Suez/Persian Gulf open & oil priced in otherwise worthless USD). It's a US policy to keep fucking everyone dry.

But you're obviously such a rabid fucktard that your first and only reaction is to go ballistic the second you think someone is justifying the JOOOS TAKING YOUR MONEY. Had you had better reading comprehension skills you would have realized that I am against foreign aid, and that I was describing the motives behind it on the US side.

So please, fuck yourself first.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:00 | 2945471 jeff montanye
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you are laughably wrong about u.s. aid to israel.  it began with the creation of the state in 1948 essentially by the truman administration (over the strenuous objections of truman's secretary of state, general george marshall who resigned for "health reasons" subsequently).

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:18 | 2945504 nmewn
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"it began with the creation of the state in 1948"

Actually, no it didn't.

I guess your NOT cool with Jordan being a sovereign state in and of itself either? It all started with the British Mandate, collapse of Ottoman Empire and creation of Transjordan didn't it?...unless we're gonna back further ;-)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 23:27 | 2945598 dermus
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There was a tiny bit of aid before just to keep Israel out of the Soviet camp, but look at the actual numbers and notice what happens in 74 (Post 73 war) and 79 (Camp David Accords). The US was in the habit of bribing all the countries it thought could enter the Soviet camp with foreign aid - you can see US policy change in the 70s, coinciding with Israel getting nukes. Post Camp David, Egypt also started getting aid - to keep Egypt out of the Soviet block and the Suez open thanks to a peace treaty with Israel.

It's important to actually look at the numbers and consider why they change by an order of magnitude all of a sudden, and to consider the context.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:09 | 2944264 HD
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Let's not make this a big deal.

Obviously Syrian tanks are just out on a quick beer run - after a hard week of war mongering, now it's Miller time.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:12 | 2944270 Darth..Putter
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Sorry for off topic here.


This story is being buried.  The Canadian ATM "glitch" pattern has started.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:29 | 2944315 HD
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These events seem to happen more and more. Canada banks are some of the more responsible - so it might be more hacking opposed to  liquidity issues.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:59 | 2944384 Drachma
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"Canada banks are some of the more responsible."

Are you kidding me? The disaster that is Canadian banks is just being hidden in plain sight much better in Canada amongst the complacent, apathetic Canucks. Have you forgotten the $110B admitted 'support' to the banking cartel from Canadian taxpayers as a result of the 2008 blowout. This was only made newsworthy by the MSM in April of this year, and just a short blurb for one news cycle, after telling us for years how Canadian banks did not need bailouts because of their responsible behaviour compared to the rest of the lot. It's all a farce brother, a fantasy land.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:08 | 2944403 HD
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I didn't pronounce them paragons of financial virtue I just said "more responsible".  Considering the Fed has printed more than a trillion filling the holes in the TBTF banks - "responsible" is relative.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:38 | 2944562 Drachma
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I hear you. And if by "responsible" you mean criminal, we're on the same page.:)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:11 | 2944268 lakecity55
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"Three Syrian tanks, (driven by IDF soldiers in disgiuse) invade the DMZ of the Golan Heights."


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:40 | 2944316 BaBaBouy
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Just Doing Some Relaxing SIGHT-SEEING...

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:46 | 2944572 Freewheelin Franklin
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It's a couple idiots from 4chan /pol/ trolling Israel by remote.



Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:51 | 2944713 Kiwi Pete
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Maybe they're defecting.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:34 | 2944269 fuu
Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:13 | 2944274 LetThemEatRand
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Those darn Syrians.  Always begging to get wiped off the face of the earth by Israel.  Rascals.  I guess at some point Israel with the help of the U.S. will just have no choice but to give them what they repeatedly ask for.  /sarc

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:19 | 2944293 malikai
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Just look at how close they put their country to Israel and the US bases. Same for Iran. They're begging for it.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:58 | 2944382 machineh
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Don't they remember how Israel bombed Gaza City during the last U.S. presidential interregnum?

To cue up the sequel, the provocations have to begin a few days before the election.

Don't be surprised if those images of Syrian tanks are file photos ... or even Photoshopped.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:38 | 2944276 q99x2
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Maybe those were Israelis in the tanks. Or for that matter the three stooges. It's Saturday morning. Time for Stooges.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:34 | 2944932 blunderdog
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They're obviously just those inflatable tanks they set up in front of car dealerships on Preznit's Day weekend.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:15 | 2944280 Lost Wages
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How many more pathetic, half-assed false flags can Israel come up with?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:16 | 2944282 Bam_Man
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Three (or even thirty three) Syrian tanks are not a threat to Israel.

"Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!"

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:38 | 2944449 unrulian
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Darth Vader: A small rebel force has penetrated the shield and landed on Golan.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:51 | 2944577 DosZap
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Three (or even thirty three) Syrian tanks are not a threat to Israel.


Dude, er', your mssing the point here.

National Border Violations ,Check.

Shelling into Israeli territory ,Check.

IF WE had neighbors of their caliber and past history, you think for one second the US would not respond in some manner?.

Ever heard of give an inch, TAKE a mile.....................

It's called testing the waters.Syria thinks just because PUTIN is around, we give a shit?.WRONG.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:18 | 2944285 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture says "some tanks" in the article actually. obvious violation of the Camp David peace accords. i agree this is a big story...just noticed it on another site as i was searching guessed it...flood damage assessments in Lower Manhattan. (Got that story in ZH too now i see.) still..."the camel's nose is under the tent." obviously not a prelude to a general attack...but clearly with the assasination of the Ambassador in Libya and now everyone blaming the CIA the "door is open for further strikes." The USA appears weak and feckless...and the blame game only makes it worse.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:20 | 2944287 Bokkenrijder
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I just noticed that the Enterprice has quietly left the Persian/Arabian Gulf.

What happened to all those conspiracy theories of CVN 65 getting sacrificed in a Gulf of Tonkin-like incident?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:38 | 2944338 patb
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obamas pol numbers improved so he doesnt need a war to rally everyone to the flag

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:50 | 2944356 Bohm Squad
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Yes - But...a campaign is run through election does not stop before polling places lock the doors.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:46 | 2944351 Winston Churchill
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Prolly couldn't get a tow back after the R & R visit to Naples.

Pile of radioactive junk, well past its sell by date.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:11 | 2944408 Wynn
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The Enterprise is getting retired. (been in service since 1961) Heading back to Norfolk for its decommissioning. (or so said the teevee dude)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:08 | 2944509 earleflorida
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curious if china hasn't already put a bid in, or the u.s. hasn't already offered it up for the scrap heap...

eg. russian carrier scrap?

just wondering out loud- nothing beyond the pale...

america is great at selling all our scrap medal to foreigners, frien'd'oh or foe? 

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:12 | 2944629 Randall Cabot
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"What happened to all those conspiracy theories of CVN 65 getting sacrificed in a Gulf of Tonkin-like incident?"

Too many people knew what they were up to so they called it off, watch out for something really sneaky though!!!

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:18 | 2944289 Rainman
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We're sorry. The UN peacekeeping forces you requested are busy monitoring USSA elections. Please call again at a later time.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:19 | 2944292 hairball48
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Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:24 | 2944304 docmac324
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Only way to shake the deficit is to have a REAL war.

Can't start till Nov. 7th though...


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:15 | 2944524 THX 1178
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Hyperinflation works wonders on debt. Really. deficits follow.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:56 | 2944592 DosZap
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Can't start till Nov. 7th though...

Uhmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,ya think Barry is above stirring this pot, to Declare a Nat'l State of Emg, and cancelling the elections?.Not me, I think he is capable of ANYTHING.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:25 | 2944306 giggler123
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I thought they used Russian tanks - hey you sure that ain't Russia?? lol ;)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:41 | 2944344 Poetic injustice
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Or maybe cardboard imitations. Especially Russians used fake "tanks" made from wood and other materials to soak up airstrikes, and with very good results.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:37 | 2944561 ThirdWorldDude
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That's a well known assymetric warfare strategy, though it's usage is most effective in an outright war. 


Here's a good read about how the Serbian army came out of the 1999 NATO bombing with minimal losses in personnel and equipment .

A serbian friend who got drafted at the time told me how they used to cover military airports with dirt and reproduce a dummy replica of it, along with cardboard models of hangars, planes and barracks, in a nearby field. Serbian farmers were thankful to USAF for ploughing their fields for them.   :)

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:31 | 2944319 zilverreiger
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fuck stratfor

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:39 | 2944340 Motorhead
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Yeah, those establishment shills.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:32 | 2944321 Bicycle Repairman
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USS Maine last seen steaming towards the Golan Heights.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:45 | 2944348 Element
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The Syrians are fully aware of what death-traps their tanks would be in any real armored battle, when facing thousands of precision-guided ATMs.  It is extremely unlikely the Syrians would be at all interested in any sort of tank battle with almost anyone in the region.  Arab armies are full of ATMs.

After all, they gave the ATM to Hezbollah that destroyed over 50 Israeli Merkava's in 2006, so the IDF would be itching to return that favor, if any Syrian tanks came out to fight. More likely these tanks are chasing someone internally who deliberately entered the no-go zone, thinking they could evade Syrian Govt forces that way. 

Then of course, they could be chasing an IDF unit.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:53 | 2944368 FranSix
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We all know how devastating those automated teller machines were.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 19:18 | 2945161 Jack Burton
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That is most likely the case Element. The Syrian Army learned from teh Hezbolla tactics that defeated the Israeli invasion of Southern Lebanon.

Syria converted a number of conventional armor and infantry units to small Hezbolla type untis designed to fight with modern infantry ATM and AA missile systems. To use the same tactics of small unit infantry tactic and ambush warfare.

The last thing a Syrian Army would do would be to send out conventional armored units to confront Israel, they would last less than five minutes against Israeli airpower.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:42 | 2945530 Element
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Not just that Jack, Syria parked a large number of their prior enormous armored force during the the late 1980s and 1990s, and effectively moved all that manpower into AAA and SAM units, having seen what happened in Desert Storm and southern Iraq's no-fly-zone. They recognized anti-tank missiles and attack helicopters plus F-16s would counter an armored assault tactic. The fact that they decreased their offensive armored ground capability, and increased their defensive ground and air capability was an indication that they were not interested in pursuing state on state ground-wars using Syrian armor. There's a fair chance the IDF are also now beginning to think the same way about their Merkava force, because even a system like Trophy can be overwhelmed and disabled in a few seconds with cheap and plentiful RPGs, followed up with a Kornet.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:45 | 2944350 fingulas
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Geez there are some stupid people here...false flag?  Hardly..

The rebels took up positions in the buffer zone and Syria sent in the minimum force necessary to take them out.  Israel made a simple, low key, complaint to the U.N. and raised secruity awareness on their side.  But they didn't view this as a real threat...they knew what was happening. 

It was just observing the formalities by taking these actions..kind of window dressing.

Syria wants nothing to do with Israel's military.  If Syria wanted a military engagement it would have been hundreds of chemical warheads inbound, not a couple of tanks.


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:50 | 2944357 ziggy59
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Maybe their gps uses apple maps..

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:52 | 2944367 Element
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There is that. :D

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:52 | 2944362 FranSix
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'Poor little Turkey!'

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:55 | 2944372 Dr. Engali
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I'm sure that Syria really wants to start a war when they know the west has an itchy trigger finger. I wish we would get out of there and let them fight it out once and for all. Instead we are going to get sucked into this mess and a few billion people will get wiped out as a result.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 12:59 | 2944385 marcusfenix
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call me jaded, but I have my doubts about these being Syrian army tanks, more likely these are captured hardware being piloted by the terrorists, err...sorry, rebels (I can never keep it straight when they are terrorists and when they are freedom fighters, I guess it just depends on location).

anyways this fits the script, next thing you know they will be shooting at, or running over jewish settlements or something of that sort, and we will all be asked to believe that the evil and insanely self destructive Assad regime just launched an invasion of Israel with three outdated T-62 cold war Soviet tanks.   

oh yeah, that and he's feeding his troops viagra and halving them throw babies out on the streets...

the ministry of propaganda is nothing if not unimaginative and there is nothing they won't try and float in the news for the 20th time to see if it sticks with john q public.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:24 | 2944386 Joe A
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You can also read this story as: "US backed armed Al Qaida rebels enter DMZ on Golan Heights and Syrian army sends tanks after them". It takes two to tango. Both these parties break the treaty. Although of course, the rebels never signed the treay, how convenient.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:01 | 2944389 Reptil
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the last thing this planet needs right now is WW4

WW3 being the currency/credit war, right?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 13:29 | 2944423 Zero Govt
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Oh fuck, here comes the deranged tossers (politicians)

Thought Statists (unproven) claim was Govt's supposed to bring peace and harmoney???

Do the Syrian people have any beef with the Isreali people? No. So what's all the fuss about???

Do Brits and Yanks have any beef with Afghans? No. Iraqis?? No. How about Iranians??? No. So what's all the f'ing fuss about????

Oh it's "geo-politics", better known as we have some deranged violent asylum seekers running our country playing murderous global games.

Govt, the biggest human sewer in history

Stop Paying Tax: don't sponsor this murdering scum

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:21 | 2945509 Anusocracy
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People have a tendency to idolize the lowest forms of human life.


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:03 | 2944500 Gashole
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False Flag...False Flag...False Flag...

Can't you memorize and recite by rote a new phrase?


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:04 | 2944501 SpanishGoop
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Easy to get lost in a sandbox.


Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:33 | 2944552 Freewheelin Franklin
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Moments ago, Israel's military reminded us of just that when it reported that 3 Syrian tanks have entered the Golan Heights DMZ


+1 troll points to Syria.

Who are they going to troll next? Iran?

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:47 | 2944700 Zero Govt
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carried and trumpeted by Rothchilds carrier pigeon, Reuters

why spread a rumour when you can spread a lie

...and profit from it.

What's not to like eh?

Biz as usual for centuries

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:34 | 2944677 toomanyfakecons...
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They must be Mannlicher-Carcano tanks remotely piloted from the 6th floor.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 16:07 | 2944744 Bam_Man
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And equipped with "magic bullets".

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 16:32 | 2944797 americanspirit
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It would be interesting to count up the number of Israeli "warnings" to various parties over the past few years and then to count up the number of actual follow-iup consequences when those warnings were ignored. Actiually, no need to count up the second part of that - the number is zero. Still be interesting to know how many "what a joke" warnings Israel has issued recently.

Wait - I get it. They're just lulling their enemies into complacency. Those clever buggers.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 23:17 | 2945586 Element
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A couple of compiled examples:


Imminent Iran nuclear threat? A timeline of warnings since 1979.


Bibi’s 20-year Iran warnings:

They show fairly conclusively just what sort of demented psycho-arsehole Israel has for a Prime Minister right now, and how he and his predecessors have been relentlessly stirring the Western World with fear campaigns to try and get us to attack Iran, for as long as anyone can remember.

So is it any wonder that Iran secretly built underground uranium enrichment plants under heavily defended major military bases? Anyone think there might be a connection between the belligerent extremist idiocy of the current Israeli PM and what Iran's doing about it?  And that's the problem when you have a zionist-run western MSM an hollywood, as you'll never get the other side of the full story, as they'll always be stampeding the west towards a war on their behalf, but at our risk, cost and blowbacks.

As long as the current Washington corruption and lying propaganda plus gigantic misallocation of resources via tax and zionist controlled credit system continues, that dynamic to get us to fight wars for this scourge of zionism, will continue.  Romney will just be the most flakey pro-zionist warmongering catastrophe for the west, so far, and for the US in particular, surpassing even Bush Jr.  And if you got to any number of news and geopolitical websites, right this instant, you will undoubtedly find Israeli zionists and western crypto-zionist toe-rag puppet govts issuing dire warnings towards Iran.

The fact that this insane zionist warmongering process never ends, and that the zionist-owned and controlled MSM are utterly dishonest, and never challenge what's been going on, tells you that it will end in WWIII proper.  And 50 years after it we'll still be wondering how and why it all could have happened?  And the universities, stacked full of lefty pro-zionist academics will tell us it was all due to evil anti-semite Iranian mooslems.

Same as it ever woz

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 16:48 | 2944831 falak pema
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3 tanks looking desperately for a petrol pump? They must be from NJ!

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:06 | 2944849 tony wilson
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Golda Meir: Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values. 


you see we compromised wiz zer germans and day killed us all.

we all died innit

we compromised with everyone and day kill us as well.

we show love and you spit on us.

we give you peace and you give us back piece pound of flesh

this land is are land the sooner the arabs leave saudi arabia,syria,jordan and iraq then we will have peace.

the sooner the persians die we will have peace.

we give you mighty netanyahoo and his idf boyz

we give you the tv show the movies,musac and the news.

we give  a vacuum a personality

we give you the medicine,bitch keep quite and take it.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 19:11 | 2945141 Oxygen
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Yeah Enterprise should be destroy by the end of the year by evil Iran

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 21:07 | 2945388 alentia
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Enemy of my enemy is my friend. Israel does not care, just don't shell Israel's land. 

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 22:00 | 2945469 lolmao500
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Israel invaded Syria for much less in 1973.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 01:43 | 2945750 dunce
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Tanks are effective against forces that do not have tanks or airpower. This does not describe Israel, these tanks do not represent a real threat but if they made a run at the border they could be taken out in minutes. Regular army units are not suicidal religious nuts and do not choose to die for allah. As military professionals they know their limitations as Dirty Harry would say.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 03:02 | 2945758 Arthur Borges
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Um, so the insurgents entered the DMZ first and the Syrians were doing a hot pursuit. What's the big deal? And the fire started by "several" mortar shells was from a previous incident. What's the big deal?

And then there's "China" among the keywords. Was it the tanks that were Chinese or just the take-away meals for the tank crews?

And of course the Syrian Government has too much free time on their hands or else why would they think of blowing up a perfectably seaworthy submarine in a New York City already half blown by God? If I were God, I woulid find it highly insulting to see some mere mortal thinking he can add finishing touches to My Perfect Oeuvre. In fact, I bet the most anti-western imam you can find might agree.


Sun, 11/04/2012 - 04:19 | 2945781 10mm
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Somebody turned the direction to town signs around.Damn,thats so WWII.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 05:53 | 2945819 dinastar2
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There is not much to worry: the syrian tragedy is mainly a feudal contest between a primitive leader Bashar El Assad, ruling a primitive country ( mostly agricultural , little oil ) fragmented in tribal - ethnic divisions, by butal mehtods.Against him , are several muslims and islamists groups , armed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey,Quatar.Those foreign patrons are willing to get rid of Assad, because the guy is too corrupt, and has lost his legitimacy by going way too far into submission to Iran , which is considered an alien, shiite, heretic, nation with agressive expansion policy all over the mideast.The syrian conflict is the replica of the Yougoslavia conflict, it will not take an international ( menaing Israel involved ) measure , because Assad knows Israel is not part in the conflict against him.A few tanks can enter the Golan DMZ but they are aiming at the syrian rebels, not at israel.

On the larger picture, Iran Russia Chian are helping the brutal repression of Assad, since Assad aligned himself into the Iran Shiite crescent, and Iran is the main purveyor of China's oil.The contest is which muslim ( sunni or shiite ) will dominate the Mideast.The interest of Europe and USA is to favor the Sunnis , the oil rich kingdom (Saudi arabia Koweit Quatar ) against the Iran expansion all over the mideast and the persian gulf.

The conflict may goes on for many years , and it does not really change the fact that Syria is either a united state thanks to a brutal regime or a loose mosaic of ethnics groups which can be integrated into a confederation , exactly as what happened in Iraq, with three main etnic areas ( Kurd Sunni, Shiite ) 

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 15:13 | 2946497 blunderdog
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    The interest of Europe and USA is to favor the Sunnis

Nonsense.  This is just a temporary condition--at least from the US perspective.  We don't need to make such esoteric distinctions.  (I'm not sure I know who/what you mean when you say "Europe's interest.")

We've been cuddly with the Sunnis recently because it's been convenient, but who have we been waging war against?  Think about it.

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 16:10 | 2946608 WTFx10
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Please we get enough crap from the MSM." Iran , which is considered an alien, shiite, heretic, nation with agressive expansion policy all over the Mideast." Who the fuck you trying to sell this to? They aren't settling occupied lands against UN resolutions. That would be the great terrorist 51st state of the union, Israel.

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