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Tuesday, April 08, 2008


In the eight months since Israel’s super-secret raid on Syria, my initial comments on the subject remain unchanged:
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 formidabl air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles fromthe 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.

This morning, an unverified report in the Jerusalem Post states:
An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday.

In a world where few things can be kept secret, the continuing lack of information about the Israeli air raid is curious, very curious.

Could it be that the WMDs that everyone— President Clinton, Tony Blair, Madaline Albright, Hillary, Nancy Pelosi, and Jay Rockefeller, among dozens of subsequent critics—believed were there before they believed they weren’t there, were in fact there?

We’ll probably never know.

But something important did happen in Syria in September, 2007.