Thursday, February 24, 2011

Syria continues to up the terrorism ante

Arnold/Frimet Roth
This Ongoing War
24 February '11

Second Suspected Syria Nuclear Site Is Found

WASHINGTON—A second suspected nuclear installation has been identified in Syria, according to commercial satellite photos, providing new evidence that Damascus may have been pursuing atomic weapons before a 2007 Israeli military strike. The publishing Wednesday of the photos by Washington's Institute for Science and International Security could increase pressure on the United Nations to demand expansive new inspections of suspect Syrian facilities during a March board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency... Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has rebuffed repeated IAEA requests to conduct additional inspections of the site as well as three other facilities the U.N. agency believes could be related to a covert Syrian nuclear program. Damascus's rejection of IAEA inspections could result in Syria being declared noncompliant with its U.N. commitments and referred to the Security Council for formal censuring. Mr. Assad denied in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last month that his government has pursued a nuclear program. He also said he wouldn't allow the IAEA expansive powers to inspect his country.

The entire article is worth reading, as is this report on Syrian state terrorism. Meanwhile two Iranian navy warships tied up in a Syrian port yesterday (Wednesday). They were the first vessels of the Ayatollah-controlled regime to enter the Mediterranean since the Ayatollahs took control of Iran in 1979. The IRNA newsagency in Tehran said that the commander of Iran's navy, Admiral Habibula Siari, was due to arrive in Damascus yesterday with a delegation of Iranian military officials.

On Tuesday, the Iran's deputy army commander, Abdolrahim Mousavi, was quoted saying that Israel was "astonished" by the presence of Iranian naval vessels in the canal:

"The global arrogance (Iranian code for the US) must know that the Islamic Republic of Iran's army is fully prepared to defend its goals... The world should know that the presence of Iranian warships in the Suez Canal has taken place through the deep guidance of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and our young and brave personnel's self-confidence..."

Probably all completely innocent.

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