The Deafening Silence

Many times, the most interesting things are not what people say, but what they do not say. That is especially true of the mainstream media. They can’t get enough of the OJ Simpson story and the Larry Craig story, but very few mentions of the Norman Hsu scandal.

But on an even more significant scale, we have the story of what the hell is going on in Syria.

Recently, there was an incident between Syria and Israel. Initially, it was reported that Israel had overflown Syria on a reconnaissance mission. Then it came out that Israel had dropped some fuel tanks over Syria. Those were upgraded to munitions jettisoned over the desert. Now we’re up to a full-fledged military raid, with substantial allegations that the target was a Syrian nuclear weapons project backed by North Korea.

Syria. Home of Hezbollah. Home of Hamas. Occupier and oppressor of Lebanon. Supplier of insurgents in Iraq. Long-time rival of Iran for title of “most terrorists sponsored.”

Signer of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

This is maximum RSS — Really Scary Shit. Sooner or later, some state with strong ties to terrorism is going to get their hands on a nuke — and right now the most tempting thing they can do with it is to give it to one of those terrorist groups with a shove in the general direction of the West. We’ve all been watching Iran lately.

Here, though, we see the possibility (hell, the probability) that North Korea is trying to pull a fast one of their own. They are inviting the West to come in and verify that they have no nuclear weapons research going on — after they’ve exported the whole kit and kaboodle to Syria.

And it must be remembered that, in the buildup to the US invasion of Iraq, there was evidence that Saddam also loaded up a bunch of trucks with stuff from places we suspected were involved in WMDs and skedaddled them across the border — to Syria.

Toss in that Syria itself is a smidgen shaky right now — their president, Dorktator Bashar Assad, is seen as weak by his military and possibly ripe for overthrowing.

Thank you, Israel. You might have — once again — bought the civilized world a bit more breathing space. Let’s hope we use it more wisely than we did one previous time you did something similar.

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