The other day I watched a documentary on the Six Day War in which Israel, with a disadvantage of perhaps ten to one, comprehensively defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan and their numerous Arab state supporters.
Israel's victory was achieved by use of meticulous planning, unorthodox strategy, rigorous training, superior intelligence, innovative technology, determination, impeccable execution and above all, split second timing and complete surprise.
Adolf speculates on a possible repeat performance during coming months.
I was fascinated to see the Israelis had carefully traced transportable' routes through the supposedly impenetrable desert terrain. The enemy did not expect an attack because 'everybody knew' you could not drive tanks and vehicles through there. Today' everybody knows' Israel can't overfly Iran because to do so would need the use of other countries' airspace.
The Israelis had a master spy operating at a very high level in Damascus. They knew everything they needed to know about the defenses of the Golan Heights. By other means they knew everything they needed about the daily habits of the Egyptian Air Force. One wonders what sources they might have today in Iran?
Egypt had modern state of the art powerful Russian tanks. Israel took hundreds of American war surplus Sherman tanks and modified them to produce large numbers of a superior weapon for the local conditions. The Egyptians were out gunned initially and then finished off by the Israeli air force when their generals panicked and retreated. The Uzi sub machine gun was thought to be decisive against the long and clumsy AK47 in close quarter combat on the Golan Heights.
Timing and Surprise
Egypt's air force and army were knocked out before Syria and Jordan had time to scratch their respective arses, let alone react, thereby allowing Israel to bring concentrated force to bear on the Golan Heights and defeat Syria.
The best one liner in the documentary summed it up.
"Israel trained for war while Egypt trained for street parades in Cairo."
So what does it all mean for today? What might happen if these same qualities, characteristics and political pressures are applied today? Here's a bit of idle Adolfian speculation. Lets call it:
AfterDinnerJacket - To The Cleaners
In February 2011, tiring of constant Iranian sponsored mayhem in its streets, Iraq moves its best troops and armour to the Iranian border. In the face of the now imminent arrival of an Iranian nuclear arsenal and increasingly bellicose statements from Iran, the Kenyan Jackass plans a visit to Tel Aviv, Tehran and Baghdad, during which he will personally save the Middle East from itself.
In Tel Aviv, Israel tells Obama what he wants to hear and what they want Iran to hear and sends him off to Tehran. On the second day of Obama's visit to Tehran, Iraqi troops cross the Iranian border in large numbers, allegedly chasing insurgents. While the world holds it's breath, and Iran is looking the other way, Israel launches an air strike via Saudi airspace which smashes the Iranian early warning system and delivers tactical nuclear weapons to each of the potential Iranian nuclear weapons delivery sites. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and a few other Arab states heave quiet sighs of relief.
Iran panics and seizes the Kenyan buffoon, holding him hostage and demanding the US withdraw all it's naval forces from the region. The Pres is unable to speak on account of his teleprompter got damaged in the scuffle.
The US Vice President has a heart attack during an emergency joint session of Congress which resolves to send Red Cross parcels. Meanwhile, US carrier borne forces clean out the Revolutionary Guards and the US navy promptly sinks Iran's small submarine fleet.
Iraqi troops push on to Tehran and install an interim government.
Diplomatic sources indicate to the interim government that the US does not want the Pres back as while he's been away the economy has improved and small businesses have started to employ people again. Anyway, new information reveals he is an illegal alien and he is sent off to Kenya, where he belongs, saving all the time money and energy associated with impeachment.
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