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Monday, September 17, 2007


It is absolutely remarkable how little MSM coverage we in the USA are getting about the Israeli attack on an unspecified arms facility in Northern Syria. The UK Times Online summarizes what is known and provides some conjecture about the raid. If their report is even close to accurate, this is news that is worth knowing about.

The UK Times Online reports:
It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag [Israeli] air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

It’s interesting that Israel has returned to its former self. Daring attacks against obvious aggressors (think: the Iraq Nuclear reactor in 1981) followed by a “no comment” And little other official information.

Also note that we aren’t hearing the usual worldwide condemnation of Israel as a consequence of this attack. If the Israelis did, in fact, destroy a nuclear weapons facility (only conjecture at this point) it may be the EU is silently pleased and has muted their otherwise anti-Israeli stance. Even the usual suspects in the Arab world are generally muted in their usual indignation and outrage. The Syrian response was almost comical, since they could never admit that such a facility exists or that they were a possible transit point for weaponry destined for (a) Hezballah or (b) Iran or (c) that they were hiding nuclear devices for the NoKos (in clear violation of their newly signed agreements to stop WMD development (so much for diplomacy), or (d) that this was a cache of Sadaam's weaponry (the site was 50 miles from the Iraqi border).

Of course, it may be that the Israelis bombed a baby milk factory or an agricultural facility. That story supplied to the MSM by the Syrians after they've had time to clean up the bomb site and insert bogus evidence of multiple civilian casualities, will be reported immediately and uncritically by most of the MSM. After all, it fits the narrative and is therefore fit to print.

I suspect there's a very big story here, and that it may be a harbinger for even more draconian actions in the near future. Actions that target other nuclear proliferators in the region. Time will tell.