Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Big Hole Explanation

You'll recall the Big Hole Incident in September 2007 when Israeli aircraft blew up something deep inside Syria. At the time, it seemed apparent to me that only a nuclear target could prompt such a risky strike.

U.S. intelligence will brief Congress on the strike:

"The sense is that the Syrians, with the help of the North Koreans, were attempting to build an undeclared facility that could indeed produce plutonium," said the official, who spoke on condition he not be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, of the congressional briefings' likely content.

Will this revelation of nuclear ambitions of a junior probationary member of the Axis of Evil studying at the feet of a charter member stiffen the backbones of Nuanced Americans?

Get real!

Check this out:

One matter of sensitivity for Israel -- which is widely believed to be the source of some of the intelligence on Syria -- is the possibility that wider disclosure could antagonize Damascus and produce a negative reaction.

Syria is regarded by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism and has long hosted Palestinian groups that have carried out attacks on Israelis.

The briefing could also irk North Korea, which U.S. officials say is sensitive to the possible disclosure of any nuclear proliferation it may have engaged in.

Got that? Declared enemies of America who sponsor terrorism were conspiring to proliferate nuclear weapons into the Middle East, and some Americans are worried that disclosure of this fact will anger Syria and North Korea!

Because, you know, in response they they might then do something to threaten us?

It is an amazing world where we worry that our noticing our enemies' plot to get nuclear weapons will annoy them.