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Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in War College

FLASHPOINTS – A Downed Airliner; Israel Invades; a Call for Worldwide Jihad

FLASHPOINTS – A Downed Airliner; Israel Invades; a Call for Worldwide Jihad

By John Antal

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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1 Comment

  1. Its funny. Not funny Ha Ha but funny strange that we in the U.S. and the rest of the western world seem to think that peace can come from talking, ie from a “reasonable” point of view. Even after the same thing has been tried with countless irrational thinking governments and or groups. The Nazis, Pol Pot, and Joseph Stalin, just to name a few from the resent past. I am NOT a big fan of war, I have seen war up close and personal as a Marine Infantryman form the first gulf war threw today but DAMN IT if we as a Christian people, a Democratic people, and as a FREEDOM LOVING people don’t or won’t fight, and that means KILL for our freedoms, WE should just give up! We must stop looking and fighting this WAR as if our enemy’s see the world from the same point of view and think as we do. If they did they would NOT be trying to kill us.