Thursday’s news was filled with reports of a supposed Israeli bombing of a weapons depot of weapons near a Syrian airport. The weapons were supposedly meant for the terrorist group Hezbollah (supposedly because as is its practice Israel refused to confirm or deny the attack). Either way, this bombing is inconsequential compared to an IAF bombing in 2007 which saved the world from dealing with a nuclear Syria.
A few weeks again Syrian tyrant Assad used chemical weapons against his own innocent men, women and kids, President Trump enforced the Obama red line that Obama never enforced, and launched 59 cruise missiles at the Assad airbase that launched the chemical attack.
Would the president have been able to launch the attack if the Syrian despot had nuclear weapons? Thankfully we will never know because a few months short of ten years ago, on September 6th 2007, IAF bombers flew into the Syrian desert and laid to waste their nuclear facility. At the time, the Times of London reported:
It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defenses went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way. At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.The Israeli government was not saying. “The security sources and IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage,” said Ehud Olmert, the prime minister. “We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.
At the time Syria denied the Israeli raid ever happened. Israel remained quiet as not to publicly embarrass the Syrian government (which need little help in that area) which would have demanded a response. Besides it is very unusual for the IDF to confirm or deny reports such as this. But about a month after the attack the Syrian UN Ambassador admitted what happened. The Jerusalem Post reported:
The Syrian envoy disclosed the nature of the target during a meeting of a UN committee where Israeli envoys were also present. A senior source in the Foreign Ministry confirmed that the statement was made in New York by the Syrian official. Since first announcing on September 6 that an incursion into Syrian airspace by IAF jets took place, Syria has attempted to strike a balance between mustering international condemnation of Israel on the one hand and efforts by Damascus to blur the nature and purpose of the facility attacked on the other hand.
In other words, they kept telling different stories of what really happened…