Sunday, September 16, 2007

The real war

Today's Times of London is certainly not lacking for bombshells. Many quoted the Greenspan article, which ferreted out the former Fed Chairman's single sentence opinion about the Iraq war. We'll see what fallout occurs from 60 Minutes tonight, but perhaps the expected Bush response might best be summed up by a comedian.

But equally as many have linked to their story on the Syrian air raid quietly pulled off by IAF a few weeks ago, which seems to somewhat trivialize the spin put on Greenspan's war for oil comment:
This weekend President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran sent Ali Akbar Mehrabian, his nephew, to Syria to assess the damage. The new “axis of evil” may have lost one of its spokes
It's hard to ascertain the score in the international game of nuclear proliferation, but it sure appears the US/west may have hit a three-pointer here. Kim Jong was recently persuaded to formally announce the demise of his nuke program in return for some goodies, knowing all along he was going to transfer it. If true he's now in a box, embarrassed, and his technology is in pieces.

The surprise and stealth of the Israeli attack illustrates that the real high-stakes battles in this war are occurring in the background. Eye-opening books like "Allah's Bomb" by A.J. Venter, which describes the A.Q. Khan network and the little-known South African nuclear program (and what happened to it after the fall of apartheid), should be required reading for a proper understanding of our world.

Ironically, Greenspan lauded Bill Clinton for being such a voracious reader in an effort to better understand our world (another slap at Bush). Maybe Venter's book along with several others by Yossef Bodansky were left on the shelf.

Here are a few others commenting on this:
LASunsett: Times: Israel Hit Syrian Nuclear Cache
Rick Moran: Just what are the Israelis targeting in Syria?
A.J. Strata: An Islamo Fascist Nuclear Weapon

And this, which isn't a comment on the raid per se, but about the Iranian proxy war on America.

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