Thursday, October 11, 2007

Raid? What Raid? We Don't Know Nuttin' 'Bout No Stinkin' Raid

The quiet nature of an Israeli raid on a supposed nuclear facility in Syria just keeps getting more and more strange.

Israel has been unusually quiet about the attack on Sept. 6 and has effectively imposed a news blackout about it. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli opposition leader, on Sept. 19 became the first public figure in Israel to acknowledge that an attack had even taken place. Some Israeli officials have said, though not publicly, that the raid hit a nuclear-related facility that North Korea was helping to equip, but they have not specified where.

On Monday, journalists toured the agricultural center at the government’s invitation to prove, Mr. Mehdi said, that no nuclear weapons program or Israeli attacks occurred there. “The allegations are completely groundless, and I don’t really understand where all this W.M.D. talk came from,” Mr. Mehdi said, referring to weapons of mass destruction.

“There was no raid here — we heard nothing,“ he added.

Syria is really going out of its way to deny that this ever happened. It leads me to believe two things: 1) The effectiveness of the raid scares the hell out of Syria, and 2) Syria has more to hide.

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