Syria is up to its neck in dirt

I have increasingly less doubt that Israel’s raid into Syria was intended to knock out some sort of three way nuclear transaction involving Syria, North Korea and Iran.  This is especially true given the absence of huffing and puffing from anyone, including Syria, about what Israel did.  Syria wants to keep the event low profile, because it was violating every international law known to man.  And heads of state around the world are once again breathing a sigh of relief that Israel stepped in and did the world’s dirty work for them (just as Israel did in 1981 in Iraq).

But if you had any doubt about Syria’s complicity in the worst type of WMDs, get a load of this story about a little industrial accident in Syria during the summer:

Additional proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the development and deployment of weapons of mass destruction was revealed Monday in a Jane’s Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.

According to the report, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas and VX gas.

The factory was created for the purpose of adapting ballistic missiles to carry chemical payloads, Jane’s claimed.

Although reports of the accident were circulated at the time, no details were released by the Syrian government, nor was the Iranian connection revealed.

SANA – Syrian news agency — at the time cited an official information source which stated that “an explosion ripped through an explosives depot in Aleppo, northern Syria, due to the high temperature that … set off the high explosives materials. 15 soldiers were martyred and 50 were wounded. Most of the wounded were treated from their minor wounds caused by the shattered glass and left the hospital.” The source The source added that ” the explosion was not the result of sabotage.”

In a startling non-sequitur, the very next paragraph in the above quoted story, which comes from IsraelInsider, reveals that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is insane:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had only praise Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday. “I have a lot of respect for the Syrian leader and for Syrian policy. They have internal problems, but we have no reason to rule out dialogue with Syria.”

What’s Hebrew for “impeachment”?

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  1. says

    Sooner or later Baby Bashar is going to push the envelope too far. I never thought that I’d miss his father, but I think that in many ways he was superior to his son.

    If nothing else I didn’t worry about him doing something stupid to try and make a name for himself.

  2. Al says

    BW, I lack the understanding of Israeli politics to consider Olmert’s removal. I suppose the comments about Assad could be seen as friendly gesture or the most gutsy type of dissimformation campaign going. But Olmert’s handling of the last incursion into Syria reminded me of the way Kennedy blew the Bay of Pigs.
    As the explosion in Aleppo shows, if you don’t extinguish the fire early, it’ll burn you later. Thank God for the Israeli Air Force.
    They are truly the strong arm of the Lord.
    Al

  3. Mike Devx says

    Seems to me that the talent for tyranny rarely passes from father to son (or daughter).

    Daddy Assad seized power, crushed his opposition, maintained his iron grip. He navigated the treacherous waters of Middle East politics very well. Baby Assad never had to demonstrate any of this proficiency; the reins of power were simply handed over to him. I never thought allying so closely with Iran – so PUBLICLY – made any sense.

    Well, it’s always fun to watch a tyrant cut his own throat via incompetency, though his resulting death throes will be very dangerous for all of us.

  4. swampacreage says

    The say the postman always rings twice. You better be careful what you wish for. Olmert is doing a good job. Isreal changes Prime Ministers more times and quicker than Eliziabeth Talyor ever changed husbands. Not that there is anything wrong with that.or is there ? Hm . .

  5. Lulu says

    Though I’m no fan of Olmert, I have to agree with Al on this one. We don’t know what happened in Syria, though it’s likely this is an Osirak revisited, in which Israel once again saved our collective behinds in the process of saving its own. Whatever is not being said , and the reason for not saying it, is significant. Lots of behind the scenes diplomacy, undoubtably.

    Syria was just deeply humiliated. Arab culture is all about honor and pride. Maybe Olmert is not insane but doing some face-saving for Syria for some reason we don’t know about. Or maybe he is insane, but not as insane as Bashar or Ahmadinijad.

  6. says

    Looks like like you’ve been reading way too much neocon inspired propaganda and overindulging your nativist fears of those dark skinned Arabs. If this had been a nuclear target there would have been a whole squadron attacking in waves.

    Some U.S. analysts have been very dubious of an actual Syrian nuclear threat, describing the speculation surrounding the incident as a manufactured stunt aimed at advancing a neoconservative agenda.

    “This story is nonsense. The Washington Post story should have been headlined ‘White House Officials Try to Push North Korea-Syria Connection.’ This is a political story, not a threat story,” said Joseph Cirincione, director for nuclear policy at the Washington-based Center for American Progress, according to an interview with Foreign Policy.

    “Once again, this appears to be the work of a small group of officials leaking cherry-picked, unvetted ‘intelligence’ to key reporters in order to promote a preexisting political agenda. If this sounds like the run-up to the war in Iraq, it should. This time it appears aimed at derailing the U.S.-North Korean agreement that administration hardliners think is appeasement. Some Israelis want to thwart any dialogue between the U.S. and Syria,” he said.

    Cirincione previously served as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    The Israeli media – bound by an army censor that restricts coverage of the incident – has relied largely on foreign press reports to reconstruct the incident.

    “The Israeli press have gone out of their way to say to the Israeli public, ‘we know [the story], we’re gonna selectively quote from the overseas rumors and you can fill in the gaps,'” Levy told IPS. “[The press] was dismissive about the reports about arming Hezbollah, and gave greater weight to those connecting Syria and North Korea.”

    Syria lodged a formal complaint with the UN Tuesday over the “flagrant violation” of its airspace last week by the Israeli warplanes, which Damascus claims dropped munitions on its territory. Israel and Syria have technically been at war since 1967, when Israel occupied the Golan during the Six-Day War.

    The air strike follows a summer that saw heightened tension between the two countries, a period that provides the necessary context for the eventual Israeli action.

    “Something will come to light and will make it clear to everyone – the Israelis were sitting on intelligence,” said Levy.

    Experts are still unsure of what that intelligence entails, and whether is it “nuclear,” “non-conventional,” “chemical,” or nothing of the sort. Regardless, in most of the narratives, the North Korea connection remains a salient point.

    But whatever happened in the early hours of Sept. 6 does not appear to have soured Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s efforts to restart negotiations with his adversary. Olmert announced on Monday that Israel was prepared to hold negotiations with Damascus, without preconditions and without ultimatums, according to the Jerusalem Post.
    http://www.antiwar.com/ips/akhavi.php?articleid=11641

  7. Lulu says

    Hello America First. So what we read is “neocon inspired propaganda” and what you read is not “leftist inspired propaganda” but the unvarnished truth. Hmmm.
    Nobody said anything about “dark skinned Arabs”, but good of you to try to ascribe racism to people who have different opinions than you.
    Do you know anything about Arab culture? Honor is big BIG BIIIIIG! A lot of decisions that Americans don’t understand are based on honor. For example, honor killings. Those are murders that occur when a dad, or brother, believe their daughter or sister has dishonored the family by her behavior, and in order to restore the HONOR, they murder her. “Honor” killings, not “dark-skinned Arab” killings.

    Suggestion: watch the documentary “Obsession”. It is film footage taken straight from Aran TV, rallies, and brought straight to your TV. Might be interesting.

  8. Mike Devx says

    America First’s post is very interesting. Throughout it, the evil Israelis are plotting, preparing the ground for a vicious attack against friendly, harmless Syria.

    Israel was “sitting on intelligence” because the nefariously needed to use it at the right time solely to justify a future invasion. They certainly didn’t sit on what they had, in the hopes of uncovering far more important information! That’s something our intelligence forces and our police forces do all the time! Those evil Israelis wouldn’t have been doing it for such a normal reason, however!

    America First, all I can suggest is, to consider the following non-realistic scenario:
    All the surrounding Arab countries agree to accept Israel’s existence along its pre-1967 war boundaries. They all recognize its right to exist. They declare that all rocket attacks and all terrorist bombings are to be considered mortal sins and dealt with harshly. Basically: “Israel is to be left completely alone.” Agreement is reached on sovereign Palestinian nationhood – one or perhaps two of them. Security forces move in and deal harshly with anyone advocating violence against Israel. Worldwide support efforts seek to build up the new Palestinian areas, but only as long as those Palestinians they aid leave Israel completely alone. All anti-Israel propoganda is removed from all Palestinian and Arab media.

    What would the evil, nefarious wicked Israelis do then?

  9. says

    Syria is a member in good standing of the IAEA and has been since 1963. Moreover, Syria’s experimental nuclear program has been operating under IAEA safeguards and no evidence exists that fissile material was being enriched to weapons grade purity. If it had the IAEA could certainly have detected it.

    What about Israel? Are they a member in good standing of the IAEA who has been subject to IAEA safeguards?

    How would you have responded if Syria had attacked Israel’s nuclear facillities destroying millions in property and killing dozens of people?

  10. says

    It looks as if DEVX doesn’t understand the first thing about how disputes of IAEA safeguard violations are to be handled.Either that or he is a Zionist bigot who doesn’t believe Syrians should be accorded basic human dignity.

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