When Israel conducted an air raid on Syria last fall, all the familiar voices rose up to condemn it. Well, now we are going to get video evidence showing that Israel had good reason to believe that charter Axis of Evil member North Korea was helping Syria with its nuclear program. According to the NY Times article, the video “shows Korean faces among the workers at the Syrian plant.” Because there’s such a burgeoning Korean labor force in the middle of the Syria desert.
The story also notes:
The timing of the administration’s decision to declassify information about the Syrian project has raised widespread suspicions, especially in the State Department, that Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration hawks were hoping that releasing the information might undermine a potential deal with North Korea that would take it off an American list of state sponsors of terrorism.
That sounds about right to me. The State Department’s North Korea policy has absolutely run amok in Bush’s second term. Hopefully this will push back against those in Foggy Bottom with the sensibilities of Jimmy Carter.
In January, John Bolton wrote in the Wall Street Journal:
Israel’s Sept. 6 raid against a likely Syrian-North Korea nuclear project was a fire bell in the night that the regime was up to its old tricks–at least for anyone willing to listen. The administration’s continuing refusal to allow Israel to make public the true nature of this facility will only come back to haunt it, not only on North Korea, but also on its Middle East policy. If no North Koreans were involved, why not shout it out? If the facility was not nuclear, why not do the same? The significance of the Sept. 6 attack has not faded in Congress, nor will the demands for more public disclosure.