Syria has refined its 'unused military building' to "largely empty military warehouse." The list of Syrian identities for what the Israeli air force blew up, updated, is now:
unused military buildinglargely empty military warehouse
- An agricultural research station
- Nothing but sand
- Nothing at all: There was no raid
- foreign intelligence agencies
Besides, ElBaradei said, an airstrike puts efforts to contain nuclear proliferation in peril. Here's his argument: "When the Israelis destroyed Saddam Hussein's research nuclear reactor in 1981, the consequence was that Saddam Hussein pursued his program secretly. He began to establish a huge military nuclear program underground," he said. "The use of force can set things back, but it does not deal with the roots of the problem." (MSNBC, from Le Monde.)
True, to a point. But not using force doesn't seem the best idea, either.
Although you have to admit that it would be easier to:
- Let the Bashar al-Asads and Osama bin Ladens of the world do what they want.
- Give the Mohamed ElBaradeis clerical staffs, paper, and plenty of toner and ink cartridges.
- Encourage panels and groups of experts to discuss why terrorism isn't the fault of the terrorists and their leaders.
- Wait and see what gets blown up or burned away next.