Assad's Nuclear Ambitions

(Council on Foreign Relations) Elliott Abrams - It turns out that in addition to buying a plutonium production reactor from North Korea, Syria was also working on a uranium reactor procured from the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan. Thus Syria was trying two separate routes to get a bomb. This revelation is further evidence of why the U.S. and all of Syria's neighbors will benefit by the demise of the Assad regime. Far from being a quiet little dictatorship that did not bother its neighbors, Syria under Bashar al-Assad intervened repeatedly and murderously in Lebanon, did all it could to help jihadis kill Americans in Iraq, and had under way a dual-track nuclear program that would have been tremendously destabilizing to the region had it not been stopped. The discovery of additional Assad regime nuclear work should put an end to the foolish arguments that that regime was a source of stability in the region.

2011-11-02 00:00:00

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