The Stakes Are Rising
Lost amidst all the hoopla surrounding the false flag chemical attack in Douma, Syria, is the little tidbit that Syrian air defenses are increasingly effective.
Interfax cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying the Israeli warplanes had carried out the strikes from Lebanese air space, and that Syrian air defence systems had shot down five of eight missiles fired.
A 63% shoot down rate is pretty good considering that Syria doesn't have any of Russia's newest and best systems in place yet, instead relying mainly on older SA-75 and S-125 launchers, a few dozen S-200 systems, and a handful of S-300 systems. If Russia decides to equip Syria with their newer S-400 missile systems, it's likely that no Israeli or US missiles would get through.
Another place where stakes are rising (and of course receiving little or no US MSM attention) is China. In a rare move, the usually reticent Chinese government has issued a warning against the unseemly rush to military action by the US and it's lapdogs France and Britain.
China on Tuesday warned against military action in Syria after US president Donald Trump vowed to respond "forcefully" to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country's bloody civil war.
At a regular press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said his country was "opposed to the wanton use of force or threat of force". Before a "comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation" had been conducted into the incident, no party should "prejudge the results and come to conclusions randomly," he said.
Oh, snap! Russia is threatening to play hardball (and can jam US drones, as gjohnsit recently noted), China is taking sides, and Syrian capabilities are growing. What will the rabid US warmongers do next? Stay tuned, folks. Trump needs a distraction from the Mueller investigation, and good ol' "rally round the flag as I bomb these suckas" is a tried and true method for doing just that.