It very well may be, Martin. I believe Syria would have to do something very heinous to Israel for the IDF to respond by entirely obliterating Damascus which would risk worldwide condemnation and the rage of many nations. A biological or chemical attack by Syria causing the deaths of many Israelis would certainly provoke such a response. However, Israel may mount a preemptive strike to prevent that from happening and would be justified in doing so. I have pondered whether the fulfillment of this prophecy is tied to the Psalm 83 war and might be a prelude to the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 & 39.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, And it shall be a ruinous heap.
~ Isaiah 17:1 KJV
" Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. " ~ Psalm 129:5 KJV
The Word of God endures throughout all generations. Yes indeed many of these prophecies have happened time and time again. Even during the Christian crusades. - But there are no bounds to God's Word. Therefore, what has happened already in history maybe more than once, may also happen even collectively again... And yes Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39, Daniel 8, even Zechariah 14, and Isaiah 17, 19... And on and on and Ariston... As we know may already fulfil once again. - The reality is something like what we are seeing happen in Syria, Libya, Egypt, and even parts of Europe such as Greece, where neighbour is against neighbour. God has revealed through His Word, that the world will be upside down. - Governments are set to be over-thrown. The poor will be rich, and riches of a man are a ransom for his life... The whole world and it's ways are about to be turned upside down. This is in the Bible too. The problem with many countries systems, and people is a bit like the Matrix effect. Zombies to the system. The world is very much oppersite to the way of God. - This is the test. And sadly people it seems have chosen to follow the world, only to realise that the definition 'Rock' - Is actually Jesus and not the the stuff that your home is founded upon. There is a reason why, but I will not reveal that to anyone just yet. It is overlooked in the bible.