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Because if it wasn't a nuclear reactor they'd leave the rubble there, of course.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 26th, 2007 at 04:19:07 AM EST
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The Syria-North Korea story continues to spiral out of control, based as far as I can see on hyperbole and speculation. Its tiny spark has been repeatedly fanned by The Washington Post into what the paper yesterday called "the boldest act of nuclear preemption" since Israel's attack on the Iraq reactor at Osirik in 1981. <...>

If the United States, Israel or any nation seriously believed there was prohibited or suspicious nuclear activity, they could have called for a special inspection. They still could. Any nuclear material--even after a bombing--would leave traces that IAEA inspectors could detect. This is precisely why we have international agencies--to provide independent, rapid verification of suspect activities. The Washington Post's encouragement for states to shoot first invites a more unstable, less secure world for all.

Joseph Cirincione in Syria had nuclear facilities? Prove it. (2007/9/21)

Not anymore.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Oct 26th, 2007 at 06:02:22 PM EST
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Translation of the incident:

      First a blimb on a old soviet style radar screen. ( weather balloon, migrating birds: it is exactly on that location) The new recruit panics and sends out an alert.
      Central command thinks about a Mossad style hijack operation with helicopters ( as in the Bekaa vally ) and warns the entire region.
      Some Syrian guys at a AA gun had too much arak. They fear that they will be punished and empty the gun, to show that they did a good job.


      100 square meter pulverised dessert. Well done.
      Syrian ammo stock minus 10 shells, before the gun jammed.
      1 recruit away from the radar screen, to a 50° Celsius border post with Iraq.
      1 decoration for the AA team for the quick response. More arak please.
      more questions in Tel Aviv : are you sure there is not another secret agency doing missions behind enemy lines?

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Fri Oct 26th, 2007 at 07:04:13 PM EST
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