The U.S. is concerned about the “civil” war going on in Syria. What people don’t remember is that it could have been much worse if Israel hadn’t taken action eight years ago. On September 6th 2007, IAF bombers flew into the Syrian desert and laid to waste their nuclear facility.
It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defenses 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.The Israeli government was not saying. “The security sources and IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage,” said Ehud Olmert, the prime minister. “We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.
At the time Syria denied the Israeli raid ever happened. But about a month after the attack the UN Ambassador fessed, Israel remained quiet as not to publicly embarrass the Syrian government (which need little help in that area). But according to the Jerusalem Post
The Syrian envoy disclosed the nature of the target during a meeting of a UN committee where Israeli envoys were also present. A senior source in the Foreign Ministry confirmed that the statement was made in New York by the Syrian official. Since first announcing on September 6 that an incursion into Syrian airspace by IAF jets took place, Syria has attempted to strike a balance between mustering international condemnation of Israel on the one hand and efforts by Damascus to blur the nature and purpose of the facility attacked on the other hand.
In other words, they kept telling different stories of what really happened. This is how the story evolved (according to Syria). First they said that the IAF dropped a fuel tank in the Syrian desert, then they bombed a strategic location, then they bombed a warehouse, then Syria said that there was NO Raid. Afterward they blamed the US for the attacks, and I believe the last thing they said the IDF bombed nothing important, just a construction site. Syria had almost as many explanations for what happened in the middle of the Syrian desert as Hillary Clinton had on the Keystone Pipeline.
In November of 2008 it was reported what was really at the site that Israel bombed:
Samples taken from a Syrian site bombed by Israel on suspicion it was a covert nuclear reactor contained traces of uranium combined with other elements that merit further investigation, diplomats said Monday.
The diplomats — who demanded anonymity because their information was confidential — said the uranium was processed and not in raw form, suggesting some kind of nuclear link.
But one of the diplomats said the uranium finding itself was significant only in the context of other traces found in the oil or air samples taken by International Atomic Energy Agency experts during their visit to the site in June.
Syria has a rudimentary declared nuclear program revolving around research and the production of isotopes for medical and agricultural uses, using a small, 27-kilowatt reactor, and the uranium traces might have originated from there and inadvertently been carried to the bombed site. But taken together, the uranium and the other components found on the environmental swipes “tell a story” worth investigating, said the diplomat.
(…) The U.S. says the facility hit by Israeli warplanes more than a year ago was a nearly completed reactor that — when on line — could produce plutonium, a pathway to nuclear arms.
In other words if Israel didn’t strike Syria in 2007 Assad might have a nuclear arsenal by today, or worse because the area where the Dier el Zur reactor was is controlled by ISIS today. They could have had their murderous hands on the nuclear weapons.
Israel has this “nasty” habit of preventing Nuclear War, or at the very least preventing tyrants from having the opportunity of using nuclear weapons against the United States or their own people.
In 1981 the tiny nation of Israel executed a military plan that was roundly criticized across the world (including the United States). It was only with the hindsight of history that we can now say that Menachem Begin’s decision to bomb an Iraqi nuclear reactor may have saved the world from a Sadaam Hussein with nuclear weapons.
Twenty-six years later Israel destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria, a mission that had the blessing of an American president, a mission that the world should be very thankful happened because if it didn’t, Syria would have nukes today.
Remembering the Syrian mission illustrates the difference between the Bush administration who blessed the IAF mission in Syria and the Obama administration, which not only prevented Israel from wiping out the Iranian nuclear facilities, but signed an agreement which guarantees that Iran will be able to develop nukes within ten years (and that’s if they don’t cheat).