Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mystery strike by Israel against missing nuclear material

The administration has been mum about this, but apparently Israel "went in" and destroyed a site in Syria thought to have nuclear materials of some kind, purchased from North Korea (rather than Iran). Sam Nunn and others (the film "Last Best Chance") and homeland security guru Randall J. Larsen ("Our Own Worst Enemy" -- see my books blog Sept. 18) have stressed the importance of aggressive programs overseas to account for nuclear materials. The United States recently had an embarrassing domestic incident in which a nuclear warhead as shipped cross country without proper accounting.

The president of Iran (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) has created controversy with a visit to New York City, including a speech scheduled at Columbia University. The university invited him out of "academic freedom," yet the university president confronted him. At one point he retorted that Iran doesn't have homosexuals, and the US does.

Gay Patriot blog commentary on Ahmadinejad's remarks here.

Update: Oct. 5, 2007.

ABC "World News Tonight" gave an exclusive on the Israel strike on Syria, saying that the Bush administration asked it to postpone the strike from July. The materials may have been in Syria for some time. The ABC News story by Charles Gibson is "
High Level Debate Stalled Syria Air Strike
U.S. Was Concerned Over Intelligence, Stability to Region, Officials Tell ABC News", link here. Is this Israel's "Cuban Missile Crisis"?

Update: Oct. 19, 2007

ABC News has a big story today by Martha Raddatz, "EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Israel's Strike on Syria: Official: Air Attack Targeted Nascent Nuclear Facility Built With North Korean 'Expertise'", here. There was a cylindrical structure with apparently North Korean design. The US military considered a special forces raid, but the White House nixed the idea, until Israel went in. This sounds a bit like the photographic evidence before the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

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