Syria Proves Tougher To Play Than Libya Like it or not, we need a manufacturing policy to stay competitive By Tawab Malekzad/// Staff Writer
independent military and policy think tank, Syria’s ADC SAM weaponry includes SA-2, SA-3, The United States has a SA-5 and SA-8 systems, which launch both short- and longstrategic interest in seeing the fall of the Alawite regime of Al range missiles. The long-range missile can cover 190 miles at Asaad. However, the US is not eager to launch a NATO air the speed of 2,500 meters/second. The Gaddafi strike on Syria like the one in Libya, due to the technology and regime also had this weaponry, but not nearly as many as the political backing the Assad regime still has. The fall of Al Syrians, who are taking every opportunity to upgrade their Assad will cut the connection between Iran and some weaponry. The Syrians’ missiles “terrorist” groups in Lebanon and Palestine, which the US would appreciate, but any intervention would have to be different from the framework used in Libya. This is not due to the incapability on the part of the United States and its allies, but due to impressive air defense systems that Russia has provided to Syria. The Syrian Air Defense Command (ADC) has around 54,000 personnel, twice the size of Libya’s comparable agency. The ADC contains 130 surface-to-air missiles (SAM) as well as thousands of anti-aircraft guns. According to Air Power Australia, which is an
have overlapping layouts that make an air strike complicated and challenging. Syrians are not only capable of defending themselves on the
ground but also in the air. The Syrians’ air force includes fighter aircrafts and interceptors. The most advanced aircraft they have are the MiG-25 and MiG29. Their air force is superior to Gaddafi’s in both quantity and quality. The biggest difference between Libya and Syria is that Syrian rebels (like Al Asaad’s regime, known for their violations of human rights) have not yet been able to hold a significant territory. The United States certainly has the capability of striking Al Asaad’s regime; however, the situation in Syria will have to change— whether through the loss of territory, massive defection s from the regime or the loss of Russian support before Washington implements any of the plans it has prepared. The United States is at an impasse and it must decide soon what it will do.