Rewarding proliferation

One of the most underreported stories of the past few months has been the confirmation that evidence indicates that the Syrian nuclear facility which Israel bombed a couple of years back was indeed a facility that was being built in violation of international treaties to which which Syria was a party.

Reports at the time of the lightning Israeli air strike at the time indicated that there were significant numbers of North Korean casualties at the Syrian facility. 

To any rational observer, these two tidbits amount to smoking gun evidence that Syria had embarked upon a nuclear weapons program, that only Israeli vigilance disrupted.

So what has the Obama administration decided to do? Reward Syria by sending a series of VIPs to meet with them, including Senator John Kerry, who has had the hots for Syria since he ran for president way back in 2004.

This is the same Syria which facilitated rat lines along which 90% of the Islamikaze bombers who carried out attacks in Iraq transited. An earlier post on Terror Trends Bulletin discussed a US operation to disrupt that activity:

There are of course a few other items we can add to Syria’s CV:

1. Providing safe haven for HAMAS in the form of a huge headquarters facility in Damascus.

2. Training, supplying and providing safe haven for Hezbollah–all the way back before 1983 when Hezbollah attacked the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Americans.

3. Syria has been implicated in the murder by bomb of a former Lebanese prime minister back in 2005.

Barack Obama sees something in Syria that he likes. We have no idea what that might be. At best, Obama hasn’t a clue as to what he is doing.

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