Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Did Syria have nukes?

Update: Jane's Defence Weekly reporting that there was an accident in July at a plant for chemical weapons and missiles: . This accident, however, is not, the same incident as the attack reported below.

Original Post:
Israel recently struck Syria. Oddly enough, there has been little protest or outrage from Syria, suggesting that Syria was up to no good. It was conducted three days after a N. Korean ship arrived carrying "cement". The following articles make the case that Syria might have been acquiring nukes.

The New York Post:
"Israel "completely destroyed" a long-range-missile base in Syria, and Israeli leaders also suspect Syria and Iran are building nuclear arms with the help of North Korea, it was reported yesterday. ....
An Israeli-Arab newspaper, a-Sinara, said the Israeli air force blasted a joint Iranian-Syrian missile base in northern Syria.
The base, financed by Iran, appeared to be "completely destroyed," the newspaper said
. .."

Family Security Matters:
"Originally, it was believed the early-September raid by Israeli fighters was against an Iranian weapons shipment crossing Syria en route to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is rearming at a feverish pace since its 2006 war with Israel.
But speculation on the nature of the Israeli mission into Syria has spread like wildfire - thanks to official and unofficial chatter about the strike's real target.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates refused to comment on the Sunday morning news shows. But late last week a senior State Department official involved in nuclear-nonproliferation issues told The Associated Press: "There are indicators that they [Syria] do have something going on there [at the facility that was struck by the Israelis]. We do know that there are a number of foreign technicians that have been in Syria."

This article is even more specific:
What really happened on September 6th, hours before daylight, when Israeli planes flew over Turkish airspace and crossed into Syria? The question is being asked almost obsessively by members of the intelligence and diplomatic communities, by military analysts and political analysts, by friends and foes of Israel, by those people concerned with the happenings in the Middle East.....
Intelligence from Turkey as well as from several non-official Israeli sources shows that this was more than a plan. Syria was actually in receipt of the weapons. In fact, a Kuwaiti newspaper asserts that Turkey officially pointed out to Israel the location of the warheads.
Missiles were sent to Syria by way of several ships flying North Korean flags. The vessels made their way first to Port Said, Egypt and then to Syria. Once they were in Syria the materials were unloaded and transported to the mountain region. That is where Israeli planes found and destroyed them.
Ronen Solomon, an Israeli researcher who watches the movement of ships using local port information and websites for tracking, has been quoted as saying that the ships arrived in Syria on September 3rd which would put the drop three days before the air strike. The cargo was listed as cement. The flags were North Korean.......

The most astounding piece of information to emerge about Israel's handling of this top secret operation is the report that Israeli ground troops were sent into the region days before the pre dawn flight gathering intelligence and specifying and confirming the projected targets. It seems that the ground soldiers literally used lasers to pinpoint the targets on the ground as markers for the pilots. Then the pilots went home and never said a word.."

So were the North Koreans handing off nukes to Syria with Iranian financing?


Anonymous said...

Nobody is going to care King until sudden mass death takes place somewhere in the world on a scale sufficient to shake our citizenry from their ignorance.

It will have to be sudden though. Because we sat on our hands while the blood flowed in Rwanda and 100 days later 800,000 people were dead.

In other words, massive death counts that rack up over days and weeks using conventional killing methods are just fine with America as long as the deaths don't all occur at once and/or result from using weaponry that produces the effect suddenly.

With apologists like, now, Abizaid touting that we can deter via, seemingly, MAD postures with every hostile nuclear capable country we won't be able to move forward until some free country somewhere in the world takes a major death hit.

The tipping point to wake up America is major death. It appears a WTC scale event wasn't, in retrospect, large enough.

Brian Johnson said...

I am amazed that there is not more to this story. There is nothing here but speculation, and even the speculation doesn't make sense.

So we are to believe that North Korea would give up some of its very limited fissile material to Syria? And they would take that tremendous risk right as they reach an accord with the west moving toward a Korean peace treaty?

Or is it that North Korea gave up a completed weapon? One of its half dozen?

In the past, North Korea has exported missile technology, and it seems obvious that this is what they've done here. All this wild speculation about nukes is just bluster, part of the ongoing attempt to spread the war into Syria and Iran. Let's not forget that Bush's original proposal for the authorization to use force included those two countries in addition to Iraq.

Kingfish said...

If you read one of the linked stories, they say something about thinking it was the material they had to get rid of under the new agreement with the U.S.

All the articles DO say it is speculation. However, there are starting to be some signs that something happened. I also do not buy the line that the ship was carrying cement. Why the hell would NK export cement to Syria? uh huh.

However, you raise good points and that is why I framed the post as a question. No oneo denies that the Israelis hit them. However, Syria isn't making much fuss about it, which makes me think it might be nuclear technology. If Syria admitted that is what it was, there would be an even bigger outrage I think.

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