Sunday, September 16, 2007

Israel Took Out a Nuke Facility in Syria

Captain Ed quotes the Times of London:

IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

To me, the most interesting phrase was "Syria's formidable air defences went dead." That's not something that happened by accident, and you can bet large money that there was redundancy-power for those systems. Elegant!

The Captain continues:

This operation had been planned since the spring, when the facility first came to the attention of the Israelis. The Syrians had apparently bought North Korean technology and materiel at about the time that Kim Jong-Il had started to cooperate with the West on nuclear disarmament. Analysts believe that Kim either hoped to hide his work by sharing it with the Syrians or just get as much hard currency as he could grab through proliferation.

I repeat: Elegant!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fr. Neuhaus presents another kind of "cafeteria Catholic"