FLASHPOINTS – A Downed Airliner; Israel Invades; a Call for Worldwide Jihad
Events that have dramatically escalated international tensions and can easily spread beyond the corner of the world in which they occurred are developing rapidly.
- The downing of a Malaysian passenger aircraft over the Ukraine appears to have been a deliberate act by a surface-to-air-missile crew using Russian equipment.
- The exchange of rockets and air strikes between Palestinians in Gaza and the Israelis escalated to a ground war as Israeli troops crossed the border and began fighting in the towns and tunnels of the Gaza Strip.
- In Iraq the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) reportedly captured the Iraqi Army Muthanna Chemical Weapons facility, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared in Mosul the creation of an “Islamic State” and called for renewed jihad against the West, democracy and Jews.
See Colonel (RET) John Antal’s analysis of these events and what they may mean for the United States. Click here to download the pdf from Armchair General‘s FLASHPOINTS page.
John Antal has frequently authored articles for Armchair General, including “Wars Without End: the Challenge of ‘Arab Spring’” and “Flashpoint Gaza Analysis.” He has authored or co-authored numerous books. His latest is 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution: The Founding Fathers, Liberty, and the Struggle for Independence. Read Armchair General‘s exclusive interview, “7 Questions for John Antal on ’7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution.’”
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