Could Syria become Iran’s 'Vietnam'?



Last week Israel’s new defense minister Naftali Bennett warned Iran that although it appeared to be establishing a ring of fire around Israel, that in fact Syria could be Iran’s Vietnam. “We need to move from containment to attack.” Middle East focused media is interested in the statement and it has been picked up by Asharq Al-Awsat and RT. But could Syria really become Iran’s “Vietnam”? The concept of a Vietnam generally means a military blunder in which a superior military power gets dragged into an endless conflict by an inferior insurgency that bleeds the powerful country slowly and turns terrain into a quagmire. The term references the US...

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