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Ben Shapiro: We May Have ‘Full-Scale War in the Middle East’ in the ‘Very Near Future’

By Michael Morris | February 16, 2018 | 3:39pm EST
Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live podcast Wednesday, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” Ben Shapiro warned that we may have a “full-scale war in the Middle East – another one – in the very near future.”

“But I want to start today with a story that people are overlooking, and that is that we may have like a full-scale war in the Middle East – another one – in the very near future,” warned Ben Shapiro. “See, when we decided that we were going to get rid of ISIS, that was a very good thing, but there’s been nothing to fill the gap. And so, what you’re ending up with now is essentially six separate countries are now involving themselves in the Syrian war.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came after, what he called a “major issue” developed over the last week, in which an Israeli plane was shot down over Syrian airspace after Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone from Syria. Bloomberg news also reported that United States strikes killed scores of Russian fighters in Syria.

Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his show on Wednesday:

“But I want to start today with a story that people are overlooking, and that is that we may have like a full-scale war in the Middle East – another one – in the very near future. See, when we decided that we were going to get rid of ISIS, that was a very good thing, but there’s been nothing to fill the gap. And so, what you’re ending up with now is essentially six separate countries are now involving themselves in the Syrian war.

“So, you’ve got Iran that’s involved in Syria. You’ve got Israel that’s, in response, involved in Syria. You’ve got the Syrian government involved in Syria. You’ve got Russia involved in Syria. You’ve got Turkey involved in Syria.

“That’s a lot of countries involved in a very smalls pace, all of them fighting for a certain level of supremacy. Of course, the United States is involved there as well.

“And all of this internecine warfare, it could have serious external effects.

 

“So, if you missed it, over the last week, there was a major issue, in which an Israeli plane was shot down. We talked about this. An Israeli plane was shot down after Israel shot down a drone from Syria. It was an Iranian made drone, and Israel shot that down. Israel flew an F-16 over Syrian airspace. That was shot down by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile, and then Israel said, ‘Hey, you’re going to shoot down our planes. Here’s what we’re going to do to you.’ And they legitimately proceeded to destroy half of the Syrian air force while it was on the ground – because don’t screw with the Israeli military, I think is the main message there.

“They went in in an air raid, and they destroyed half the Syrian air force on the ground. One of the things this makes clear, by the way, is just how much of a lie it was when Barack Obama said that there was nothing we could do in Syria to stop, for example, the gassing of citizens of that country. Israel in, legitimately, an hour destroyed half the Syrian air force – half of it. Okay? The United States, if it wanted to, under President Obama, after the original Bashar Assad chemical attack, we could have grounded his entire air force nearly immediately.

“But that’s not the extent of the conflict. At that point the Syrians basically backed off of Israel, and said, ‘Okay, we’re not interested in doing this right now.’

“But that’s really a proxy war – Syria – between Israel and Iran because Iran is funneling supplies to Hezbollah, a terrorist group in Lebanon through Syria, and they are moving all of those supplies directly through areas that Israel has been hitting.

“Meanwhile, there’s the Syrian proxy war heating up between the United States and Russia. So, on Tuesday, Bloomberg news reported that U.S. and Kurdish forces in Syria had killed 200 fighters, including a bunch of Russians. So, Russia has a bunch of contract mercenary soldiers on the ground over there, and the Russians were fighting on the side of the embattled leader Bashar al-Assad. They attacked a military base in the Deir Ezzor region of Syria on February 7.

“Now, there is no congressional authorization for American forces to be in Syria. Okay? This is why we actually need, as Rand Paul says, we need congressional authorization. If we’re going to be there, then we ought to have congress authorize it. The American people ought to be clear about what exactly our goals are there. Is it to solidify? Is it to preserve the status quo? Why exactly we’re there? Why are men and women in harm’s way? Why are we spending our cash there?

“The Russians, however, actually attacked a U.S.-run base, essentially. There’s a U.S. force stationed with Syrian democratic force groups on a base, and those troops responded with artillery fire and airstrikes and 200 to 300 Russians were apparently killed in that assault. Many of them were taken back to Moscow and treated.

“Now, the Russians are denying that Russian forces were involved in the attack, which at least is, if for the moment, is a good thing. That’s a good thing because if the Russians were interested in some sort of open conflict in Syria, they would be claiming that America had attacked Russian soldiers, but they want to pretend they’re not there in the first place. So this remains kind of a covert fight.

“However, Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway is a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense. He said, according to Vox, ‘officials believe roughly 100 people were killed in the raid, though [he said] he couldn’t speculate about their nationality … Bloomberg reported … the number dead was closer to 200. The New York Times said ‘dozens’ of Russians were believed to be killed.’

“‘CIA Director Mike Pompeo,’ this is according to Vox.com, ‘also refused to confirm specifics when asked whether the US was responsible for killing Russian contract soldiers in Syria during a hearing on Tuesday[. He] said, ‘We have seen in multiple instances foreign forces using mercenaries in battles that will begin to approach the United States.’

“So, again, in the last week, we’ve seen Israel take out half of the Syrian air force, and we’ve seen the United States kill something like 100 Russian fighters, apparently.

“So, all of this is heating up in rather rapid fashion.”

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