May 3, 2008

Nuclear Syria aided by North Korea

"I want to dispense with the need for affirmations, the call for absolute certainties and/or, unmitigated intelligence accuracy. Is not the mere prospect of nuclear technology in the hands of a terror sponsoring state scary enough to warrant action? ... Let’s get something fundamentally clear, even if the reports are only half accurate ... "

What we all suspected may have been confirmed last week. On September 6 2007, Israeli jets bombed a nuclear reactor being constructed by Syria with the aid of North Korea somewhere along the Euphrates river - a reactor possibly built for the production of Plutonium. Find below the official U.S. Government 11-minute video showing construction of the purported gas-cooled graphite-moderated reactor at al-Kibar in an isolated desert region in eastern Syria, "a video presentation that summarizes ... assessment of this Syrian covertreaction project and their efforts to cover up its existence".



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Those wanting to explore it further, will find the transcript that accompanied the video here.

Israel’s unilateral attack was widely condemned, and many questioned whether Syria actually had a nuclear facility under construction in the first place. Here’s a small sample of some of the denials; that it was a deserted military facility, a large stretch of empty sand, and at one stage an agricultural complex, no reactor facility and no North Korea connection. One video is worth a thousand denials! It’s important to note that the newly released intelligence shows similarities to the one closed down at Yongbyon, North Korea as a result of the recent six party talks. From the transcript:

“Now, we assess that North Korea has assisted Syria with this reactor because, one, it uses North Korean-type technology. The building resembles North Korea’s Yongbyon plutonium power reactor. That’s Yongbyon on the left. That’s that non-descript building in the eastern Syrian Desert before the curtain walls and false roof were put on the top of it to hide its shape, which, without those curtain walls and false roofs seem to carry the telltale signatures similar to the facility at Yongbyon. Internal photographs of the reactor vessel under construction shows that it’s a gas-cooled graphite-moderated reactor similar in technology and configuration to the Yongbyon reactor.”

“And you can see that more clearly in this photo that compares the control rods and the refuelingtube arrangements of both reactors. That’s internal imagery of al Kibar on the left and Yongbyon on the right.”

In the questioning that followed the presentation, someone asked whether, the U.S had, “considered any kind of activity had the Israelis not?” to which a senior administration official replied, We obviously were looking very closely at options, and we had looked at some approaches that involved a mix of diplomacy and the threat of military force with the goal of trying to ensure that the reactor was either dismantled or permanently disabled, and therefore never became operational.”

I want to dispense with the need for affirmations, the call for absolute certainties and/or unmitigated intelligence accuracy. Is not the mere prospect of nuclear technology in the hands of a terror sponsoring state scary enough to warrant action? Let’s get something fundamentally clear, even if the reports are only half accurate, I am disposed to concur with comments made by Brian in his April 26 post at, Another War-on- Terror Blog for which I have added links:

I will admit that I'm inclined to sympathize more with Israeli and American leadership, than Syria's. It probably has something to do with Syria's policy of giving support, political and material, to Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorist groups. And, that Damascus serves as a leadership center for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) and The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) ".

Read more here.

In this context perhaps we ought to be grateful for Israel’s unilateral act, just as we should have been in 1981.

The transcript concluded;

“We understand the Israeli action. We believe this clandestine reactor was a threat to regional peace and security, and we have stated before that we cannot allow the world’s most dangerous regimes to acquire the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

In the interests of America, and the wider world, I could not agree more...

Useful links:

Statement by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei

Bush Discusses Report on Syria Strike

Heritage raises implications for future negotiations with North Korea

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12 comments:

The Historian said...

Otto-

Excellent post. The truth always comes out over time. Thanks for keeping it alive.

Karen said...

Terrific post. I, for one, am always happy for Israel to act. Whether it is unilateral or not doesn't matter to me. I applaud their courage to stand up for themselves. The Security Council in the U.N. continues to pass resolution after resolution against them.

Lonely Conservative said...

Don't worry folks, once Barack Obama is elected President of the United State of America he will sit down with the leaders of these rogue nations. Really, he will and the world will be a better place. Now please excuse me, I must go drink more Kool Aid.

Debbie said...

I think everyone knew this was something serious by the complete quiet and silence from everyone, Israel, US, Syria ... nobody was talking at the time of the strike.

I'm adding you to the Sunday Reading List tomorrow.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

American Interests.blog said...

The Historian: I guess we all knew there was more to it. The scant coverage last year confirmed this...

Karen: While Israel's acts are based on intelligent self -interest, we must realise that it also provides a measure of stability in an otherwise volatile region.

American Interests.blog said...

Lonely Conservative: Got any more Kool Aid to share...Good old Obama aye...thanks for commenting!

Debbie; Many thanks for the reading list inclusion...

Tapline said...

Otto, Outstanding Post. Israel always acted in their own interest when push came to shove. They have done it for years and still continue to do it. We talk and talk then maybe ,,,,we talk some more.....Action,,,usually unseen....stay well.....

WomanHonorThyself said...

In this context perhaps we ought to be grateful for Israel’s unilateral act, just as we should have been in 1981. ..indeed OTTO!

American Interests.blog said...

Tapline and Angel: Thanks for sharing thoughts

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Ever notice that when a rogue state like Syria is attacked to PREVENT them from causing massive harm to their neighbors and the world it is always the attacker that is condemned ?

States like Syria and Iran are a danger to the region and the world. Thank God Israel has the forsight and the guts to make a stand and eliminate situations like this one. They did it before in Iraq and will most likely do it again in Iran.

It's time for us to stop playing around and follow the Israelis in taking action to stop Iran and Syria from their Nuclear ambitions. Everyone knows that they never have intended nor ever will use this technolgy for anything but weopons development.

The time for playing diplomatic games is over and these two States who think more of themselves then they really are need to be put in thier place like Reagan did to Lybia. Ghadaffi shut up and crawled in his hole after Reagan bombed his Palace and facilities in Tripoli.

It's time to to like wise to both Iran and Syria. The world will condemn but I also know that in the back rooms of power they will thank us as will our allies!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth,

About "Ever notice that when a rogue state like Syria is attacked to PREVENT them from causing massive harm to their neighbors and the world it is always the attacker that is condemned ?"

I haven't researched this matter, but I suspect that it would be more accurate to say, "when Israel or America attacks ...."

I try not to be cynical, but there do seem to be two standards of conduct in the international community.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Otto,

Thank you for helping to keep this issue alive - and for the links.

It's good to read, from time to time, common sense coming from "Senior U.S. Officials."

And, noble and praiseworthy as a demand for absolute certainty sounds, I question whether it would be possible in a situation like this.

I doubt that absolute; incontrovertible; iron-clad; signed, countersigned and notarized proof would be possible, even Tel Aviv was obliterated, and an airplane that dropped the bomb had been tracked from a Syrian airfield to the Israeli city and back.

After all, that airplane might have been carrying grain, and be completely uninvolved with the explosion.

Sorry: I'm getting surly.