Originally posted by Denied
Why havent they shot down airplanes before? why now.
And how many more do you think will be shot down now?
Just a theory, but it could be possible the Lebanese did not want to use SAMs in their air defence in case they actually shot down an Israeli
warplane, as part of a theory that Israeli warplanes would bomb Beirut for a couple of days, then stop because the UN passed a resolution telling them
to, or Israel stopped of their own accord. And a Israeli warplane shot down would do no favours for Lebanon if a ceasefire was looking to be reached
quickly as Lebanon thought.
Perhaps, because this ceasefire has not happened, Beirut is still being bombed and also don't forget Israeli warplanes are now targetting Lebanese
military bases (because of token Lebanese anti aircraft artillery being put up), the Lebanese military perhaps thought "We are'nt taking this,
they're not going to stop." brought their SAM out of reserve and want to send a message to the Israelis now: "You may bomb us, but some of you may
not make it home. Still want to play?"
Just a theory.