The Syrian government was probably responsible for the cleanup crew that went out and removed debris from the attack, so now it does seem to be just empty sand.
That was then, this is now.
It looks like Congressional intelligence committees will get confidential briefings tomorrow, about information regarding the Syrian nuclear reactor. Or empty sand. Or warehouse. Or agricultural station.
If members of Congress maintain their tradition for keeping secrets, particularly in an election year, I'd say that the first leak will come less than two hours after the first briefing ends. It will be interesting to see what various members of Congress say that they heard.
The Syrian claim that the Jews blew up an agricultural facility isn't as crazy as it sounds. I outlined a non-impossible scenario in an earlier post:
"That agricultural research facility that Syria says the Israeli Air Force didn't bomb may be just that: an ag station.
"As for the North Korean protest: I'm surprised that no one has realized what happened.
"It's obvious, when you think about it: North Korea is upset because North Korean nationals there: expert chefs and agricultural specialists, and a large quantity of radioactive Kimchi.
"After all the trouble China is having with lead-coated toys and lethal pharmaceuticals, North Korea is understandably hesitant to admit that the fermented cabbage they were shipping to Syria was radioactive."
On a more serious note, here's a sampling of recent news coverage, announcing the upcoming briefings:
- "Hands Across the Border - Syria and North Korea"
Washington Post, White House Watch, by Dan Froomkin, Columnist
"Jay Solomon writes in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required): 'North Korea was helping Syria build a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor before Israel bombed the site last September, the Bush administration is set to tell Congress.
" 'The new information could increase the position of hard-liners in Congress and the administration who have argued against a deal being negotiated to dismantle North Korea's nuclear-weapons program. The hard-liners say Pyongyang hasn't provided enough assurances it will dismantle its atomic arsenal in return for economic and diplomatic incentives....' "
- "Administration to Brief Congress on North Korea's Efforts to Help Syria Build Nuclear Facility"
FOXNews.com (April 23, 2008)
"Congressional intelligence committees will be told Thursday that North Korea was helping Syria build a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor before Israeli warplanes bombed the site last September.
"North Korea has long been suspected of helping Syria advance its secret nuclear program, but both countries deny it. Pyongyang says it has never spread its nuclear expertise beyond its borders."
- "N Korea 'helped Syria with nukes' "
The Australian (April 24, 2008) (I know: I think the International Date Line is involved.)
"Korea was helping Syria build a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor before Israel bombed the site last September, the Bush administration is to tell the US Congress.
"The new information could increase the position of hardliners in Congress and the administration who have argued against a deal being negotiated to dismantle North Korea's nuclear-weapons program."
- "Back to Syria's Mystery Building"
(October 29, 2007)
- "Satellite Images of Syrian Reactor / Warehouse"
(October 25, 2007)
- "Putin, Ahmadinejad, Iran, Syria, Israel: Here We Go Again?"
(October 18, 2007)
- " 'The Jews Blew Up Our Reactor (Which Does Not Exist)' "
(October 17, 2007)
- "In the News: Anxious Republicans, Castro and Chavez are Friends, and, oh, yes: Israel Destroyed Syrian Nuclear Reactor"
(October 14, 2007)
- "No Radioactive Kimchi: Israel Blew Up a Syrian Reactor"
(October 13, 2007)
- "Radioactive Kimchi, or Nuclear Bomb Material?"
(September 23, 2007)
- "Nuclear Materials from North Korea,
Sand, or Radioactive Kimchi?"
( September 18, 2007)
- "Nuclear Stockpile Bombed?"
(September 16, 2007)