Syria Celebrates Victory over Israel
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday October 10, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Syrian media spent the entire day broadcasting the 45th anniversary of their victory over Israel in 1973 in what Israel calls the Yom Kippur War.
In Syria they call the war the "October War of Independence" or Harb Tishreen al-Tahrir Yar.
The media was filled with interviews of witnesses who shot down Israeli F-15's and captured hundreds of Israeli soldiers. The "witnesses" made up story after story. They described shooting down 250 Israeli fighter jets.
One Syrian pilot claimed to have single-handedly downed four Israeli planes.
One person attributed the great stories of success to Syria"s sophisticated weapons. He said "[w]e can use complex technology."
In reality - Syria lost 109 fighter jets and 3,500 Syrian soldiers died.
Israel was attacked on the holiest day of the year in a multi-front coordinated strike. The Syrians attacked at the same time as the Egyptians. After three days of fighting, Israel pushed the Syrians back to pr-war lines. By the fourth day the Israelis were deep into Syria. By day seven Israel was parked outside of Damascus and surrounding the Syrian capital.
How Syria turned that loss into a victory and celebratory event is truly a mystery.
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