JERUSALEM — The upheaval in Syria drew a military response from Israel on Sunday when its forces fired a guided antitank missile near a Syrian mortar battery after a stray shell from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit an Israeli army post in the Golan Heights, military officials said.
The missile firing into Syria, which the army called a “warning,” signaled a more active Israeli posture toward the Syrian conflict after several recent incidents in which errant munitions have fallen in Israeli-held territory.
Israeli officials have watched with growing concern as the fighting in Syria has spread to areas near the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed by Israel.
The cease-fire line there between Israeli and Syrian forces has been quiet for decades, but Israeli military officials have been preparing for the possibility that the turmoil in Syria could spill over the frontier.
Sunday’s incident was said to be the first time that Israel had fired across that line since the 1973 Middle East war, and it underscored fears that the violence in Syria could draw in neighboring countries and trigger wider conflict in the region. The fighting has led to skirmishes on the borders of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.
By Joel Greenberg, Updated: Sunday, November 11, 3:00 PM
Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon are getting drawn into this Syrian conflict and now Israel. The United Kingdom and France has called on President Obama for more immediate and aggressive action in Syria. It appears the world community is finally getting prepared for some type of military response being a possibility. Every nation thus far has resisted taking that next step in any significant way but that could soon change as the killing continues and regional players are drawn in for one reason or the other. This conflict has been allowed to go on for far too long and the genocide has claimed between 35,000- 40,000 lives by my estimations but some sources continue to use the well outdated number of 20,000 killed and some say as high as nearly 50,000. The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights has estimated well over 2,300 Syrian children have been murdered in this conflict. The number is quite a bit higher by now because these are numbers from Mid October. 2,300 Syrian children murdered in cold blood by this heartless regime. If that is not cause for moral retribution I don't know what is. These numbers do not include the numbers of Syrians tortured and raped by this regime which I do not have an official number but likely is in the many thousands. Tragically children in Syria are a part of those statistics as well.
This evil regime does not even spare children from it's savageries and murders and that to me is the most damning thing about this regime and the surest sign that this regime has got to go. To allow this regime to continue to stay in power one more day is a human rights abuse in itself. The crimes of this regime are among the most evil committed in modern times by any regime. I don't use that word lightly but no other word could possibly capture the severity of this regimes crimes. Bashar and his regime need to be held to full account for their crimes and the entire world needs to know of the evil these men and a few women have done. No punishment man could possibly hand down to these beast could possibly be adequate for justice against them. This regime had better hope their soon to be captors and judges have much more mercy on them then they showed others. This is of course assuming they are not outright killed in this conflict, and if they are it shall be a mercy to them compared to being held to full account for their crimes on the world stage; having to live with themselves knowing what they have done for the rest of their miserable lives. The international criminal court was created for men and women like these and should be put to maximum use getting all the top regime officials and all in the upper ranks. Most of all they need to capture and try that son of a bitch Bashar and his bitch wife who stood by him every step of the way. This needs to happen as soon as possible because the Syrian people can't afford any more delays of justice.
P.S. The numbers are so varying because the international press has a hard time reporting in Syria and verifying claims of number of victims, also being the mass killing is happening daily, numbers of even a few days ago quickly grow outdated. We may never know the true number killed in this conflict but it could reach close to 100,000 victims killed if this conflict is allowed to continue much longer. Think about it already more have been killed in Syria then United States citizens have been killed in 9/11 and every military action and war the United States has been involved in since Vietnam combined. Soon the numbers killed may surpass the number of American's killed in the long and costly war of Vietnam and in not even a quarter of the time.