27 October 2008
America attacks Syrian installation: four children dead
The American raid on Eastern Syria strikes your friendly old Exile as being a bit curious. The target seems to have been a half-finished building and the casualties involved eight people, four of them children.
If this is an attempt to create an October Surprise it comes over as remarkably low-key, yet it is inconceivable that the raid was mounted without Washington's approval. It could be part of a strategy that will involve winding up the tension with Syria over the next few days, but given that we now only have a week to go until election day, there doesn't seem to be time to make such a strategy work.
So why did America raid a Syrian building and kill four children?
I have no idea.