IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.Why was nuclear materials headed for Syria? Were these really nuclear materials or is this part of a propaganda campaign to get the American people ready for a third war with a Muslim country.
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.”
But why would nuclear material be in Syria? Known to have chemical weapons, was it seeking to bolster its arsenal with something even more deadly?Can you see the subtle way Iran is being implicated in this supposed shipment? Can we believe our own government? Just having to ask that question shows how distrust for our current government runs deep. I know I am not the only one with questions. Isn't it just a bit too coincidental that just days after this supposed raid, the President in a prime time address ratcheted up the militaristic talk about Iran?
Alternatively, could it be hiding equipment for North Korea, enabling Kim Jong-il to pretend to be giving up his nuclear programme in exchange for economic aid? Or was the material bound for Iran, as some authorities in America suggest?
The American people need to be aware that they are being played to support a war that could make Iraq look like a trip to Disney World.