Well, this morning its official. The hit on Syria was a hit on a Nuclear facility, the Syrian Foreign Minister confirmed today. No great surprise there. Still for a country always on the brink of something it was a little closer then even we like it. The Ophthalmologist, unlike his father, seems intent on getting into it with us and he is definitely cruising for a bruising. Assuming that Syria manages to get a nuke, what then?
Someone sent me this (Hat Tip: Joe) and I think its worth a read, “So Close To War”:
A meticulously planned, brilliantly executed surgical strike by Israeli jets on a nuclear installation in Syria on 6 September may have saved the world from a devastating threat. The only problem is that no one outside a tight-lipped knot of top Israeli and American officials knows precisely what that threat involved.
This is apparently what went down:
According to American sources, Israeli intelligence tracked a North Korean vessel carrying a cargo of nuclear material labelled â€˜cementâ€™ as it travelled halfway across the world. On 3 September the ship docked at the Syrian port of Tartous and the Israelis continued following the cargo as it was transported to the small town of Dayr as Zawr, near the Turkish border in north-eastern Syria.
The destination was not a complete surprise. It had already been the subject of intense surveillance by an Israeli Ofek spy satellite, and within hours a band of elite Israeli commandos had secretly crossed into Syria and headed for the town. Soil samples and other material they collected there were returned to Israel. Sure enough, they indicated that the cargo was nuclear.
Three days after the North Korean consignment arrived, the final phase of Operation Orchard was launched. With prior approval from Washington, Israeli F151 jets were scrambled and, minutes later, the installation and its newly arrived contents were destroyed.