See No Proliferation

[Wall Street Journal] Editorial - The silence from the Bush Administration over Israel's recent bombing of a site in Syria gets louder by the day. Reports multiply that Israel and U.S. intelligence analysts believe the site was a partly constructed nuclear reactor modeled after a North Korean design. Israel's former chief of military intelligence, Major General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, called these intelligence judgments "logical." That's the term people use to confirm things in Israel when they want to get around the military censors. The world is lucky Israel preferred to act against the threat, in what seems to have been a smaller version of its 1981 attack against Iraq's Osirak reactor. Secretary of State Rice said that "The issues of proliferation do not affect the Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts we are making." In other words, even if North Korea is spreading nuclear weapons, she doesn't want to say so in public because it might offend a country - Syria - that is refusing even to take part in the regional Palestinian-Israeli peace conference next month.

2007-10-17 01:00:00

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