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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Syria: Point-Counterpoint

Samples taken from a Syrian site bombed by Israel on suspicion it was a covert nuclear reactor contain traces of uranium combined with other elements that merit further investigation, diplomats said Monday.
Syria's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that Israeli bombs [containing depleted uranium, DU] may be the source of uranium traces that diplomats at the U.N. nuclear agency said were found at a suspected nuclear site.
Not that we should even take the claim that there was uranium found all that seriously. Case in point - the 1998 U.S. bombing of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, based on similar bogus "evidence" later discredited. It is, of course, also possible (and probably nearly impossible to disprove) that the Israelis, even had they been using "regular" (non-DU-containing) bombs, could have easily dropped some small amounts of uranium at the same time, to provide a convenient post-facto justification for their attack.

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