Assad's Dilemma: Blame Israeli Strike on Rebels or Retaliate and Risk Open War

Other options also don't bode well: Retaliating through Hezbollah wouldn’t stop the Syrian uprising and is liable to expose Iran’s limited ability to help its Lebanese ally now that Syria can't serve as a logistical base.

Reports from Damascus about the Israeli strike on its airport are getting more and more confusing. According to an opposition website, four or five cruise missiles fired by Israeli planes from Lebanese airspace hit the city’s military airfield, located about 2.5 kilometers from the civilian airfield.