From Zionist Grandfather to Chemical Cannibal: Bashar Assad, Syria and More

Israelis historically see Syria a cruel and callous enemy; traumas of 1973 and 1990 increase their anxiety; a strong Syria attack could weaken U.S. resolve on Iran.

1. “Do not press an enemy at bay. Prince Fu Ch’ai said: ‘Wild beasts, when at bay, fight desperately. How much more is this true of men. If they know there is no alternative, they will fight to the death.’” (Sun Tzu, The Art of War, VII-32).