Why ignoring (all of) our enemies imperils us

A follow-up to the post last week about the Israelis bombing a Syrian nuclear cache. I only wish we had the balls to do what we have to do without all of the political bullshit.

Report: Israeli Forces Seized Nuclear Material During Syrian Raid

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, according to Sunday Times report citing informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.

The attack was launched with American approval on September 6 after Washington was shown evidence the material was nuclear related, the well-placed sources say.

They confirmed that samples taken from Syria for testing had been identified as North Korean. This raised fears that Syria might have joined North Korea and Iran in seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

Israeli special forces had been gathering intelligence for several months in Syria, according to Israeli sources. They located the nuclear material at a compound near Dayr az-Zwar in the north.

Evidence that North Korean personnel were at the site is said to have been shared with President Bush over the summer. A senior American source said the administration sought proof of nuclear-related activities before giving the attack its blessing.

Diplomats in North Korea and China believe a number of North Koreans were killed in the strike, based on reports reaching Asian governments about conversations between Chinese and North Korean officials.

Syrian officials flew to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last week, reinforcing the view that the two nations were coordinating their response.

8 thoughts on “Why ignoring (all of) our enemies imperils us”

  1. Yes the extreme left is on the move in Syria, in Venezuela and that idiot of a Howard Dean, after taking advice from the renamed Italian Party a month or so ago, wants to control all. To bad for
    them, let us hope it is their last hurrah’

  2. Val –

    With all of the stories coming out of this operation I think a bit of skepticism is in order as to any of the details. In any case it will make a great military/adventure movie in the right hands.
    Bottom line is – whoever, whatever, wherever – the ability of Iran/Syria to wage effective war on Israel has been degraded seriously.


  3. George, what Syria and North Korea need right now are more hugs. We should send Nancy Pelosi as an envoy to Damascus, given that her last visit was such a success. Remember, “…the road to peace goes through Damascus.” –scott

  4. George –

    My apologies – morning brain “cough” – so to speak… The amazing part is how little action this
    story is getting, just like the imminent collapse of a major UK Bank overleveraged with mortgage paper, and of course if something major happens from either
    event we will hear all about failure to “connect the dots.” -S-

  5. HERALD WATCH blog seems to have a spy in the Herald that is passing along confidential information about a future four-part series that will start next Sunday. Has Oscar Acorralado atoned for his past and is now secretly making amends? Tune in to the Herald next Sunday to see if Conductor Henry derails or drives his Tren Blindado full speed into 1 Herald Plaza.

  6. The amazing part is how little action this
    story is getting…

    Not to me. Reporting this story would show that WMD (or at least the materiel for it) was hidden in Syria by a country on the other side of the world in an attempt to fool weapons inspectors. The overwhelming implication of such a story would be that if North Korea could use Syria as a safe deposit box, maybe the idea of a certain country that BORDERS Syria doing the same isn’t quite so crazy after all.

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