GILBERT MERCIER: We are reaching the seventh-year anniversary of the
tragic conflict in Syria, which seems to evolve and get more complex as
time goes on. If nothing else, with the recent downing of an Israeli F16
by the Syrian army of Bashar al-Assad, which was the first time an
Israeli jet was shot down for breaching Syrian air space, the conflict
could even grow, with sustained intrusions from Israeli military forces
in Syria and tit-for-tat retaliations against Israel by Hezbollah
opening a front between Israel and Lebanon.