Tangled Web of Dictators With Nukes

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Tangled Web of Dictators With Nukes

by baldilocks

Gaddafi and Hus­sein are dead.

It’s said that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un doesn’t want to give up his nukes because of what hap­pened to Libya’s Muam­mar Gaddafi.

After the US invaded Iraq, which resulted in the depo­si­tion and exe­cu­tion of Sad­dam Hus­sein, Gaddafi gave up his country’s nukes, only to be aban­doned by the suc­ceed­ing US admin­is­tra­tion – which resulted in Qaddafi’s depo­si­tion and exe­cu­tion. If the reports about Kim’s rea­son­ing are true, it’s cogent piece of reasoning.

I’m Old Enough To Remem­ber WhenTM Gaddafi pub­licly gave up his clan­des­tine nuclear pro­gram and Syria’s Bashar Assad promised to pull his troops out of Lebanon, both say­ing, in effect: “I am not Sad­dam Hussein.”

As we know, the premise for the inva­sion of Iraq was that Hus­sein had Weapons of Mass Destruc­tion (WMD), refused to give them up, and refused to allow UN inspec­tion of those weapons. Fol­low­ing the inva­sion, how­ever, no WMD mate­ri­als were found in Iraq and the “Bush Lied” meme was born.

(Aside: for years that was the cud­gel that Democ­rats – some of whom had access to the same domes­tic and for­eign intel­li­gence reports that George W. Bush’s intel advis­ers did and many of whom voted for inter­ven­tion in Iraq — used to crit­i­cize Bush. These Demo­c­rat crit­ics included for­mer Sen­a­tors Hillary Clin­ton and John Kerry, along with cur­rent Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Charles Schumer, all of whom voted “yea” for the Iraq Resolution.)

[cap­tion id=“attachment_100614” align=“alignright” width=“300”] Bashar Assad[/caption]

In the inter­ven­ing years, var­i­ous sources in-​the-​know have reported that Hus­sein sent his WMD mate­ri­als to Syria. If this is true, then it was lit­tle skin off Assad’s nose to promise to pull back his troops; he had other many other plans brew­ing, thanks to Hus­sein, and at least one other source.

Then, in 2007, the Israelis bombed Syria, tar­get­ing what they said was a nuclear reac­tor under construction.

A video taken inside a secret Syr­ian facil­ity last sum­mer con­vinced the Israeli gov­ern­ment and the Bush admin­is­tra­tion that North Korea was help­ing to con­struct a reac­tor sim­i­lar to one that pro­duces plu­to­nium for North Korea’s nuclear arse­nal, accord­ing to senior U.S. offi­cials who said it would be shared with law­mak­ers today.

The offi­cials said the video of the remote site, code-​named Al Kibar by the Syr­i­ans, shows North Kore­ans inside. It played a piv­otal role in Israel’s deci­sion to bomb the facil­ity late at night last Sept. 6, a move that was pub­licly denounced by Dam­as­cus but not by Washington.

Sources famil­iar with the video say it also shows that the Syr­ian reac­tor core’s design is the same as that of the North Korean reac­tor at Yong­byon, includ­ing a vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion and num­ber of holes for fuel rods. It shows “remark­able resem­blances inside and out to Yong­byon,” a U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cial said. A nuclear weapons spe­cial­ist called the video “very, very damning.”

Empha­sis mine.

The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment expressed out­rage about get­ting bombed by the “Zion­ist Entity,” of course, and even used the “Bush Lied” rhetoric, but did lit­tle else about it. In 2011, the IAEA con­curred with Israel’s claim about the facil­ity.

It turns out that the nuclear con­nec­tions between Syria and North Korea go back to about 1997. If you’re going read at least one of the links, read this one.

So maybe it’s true that Kim doesn’t want to end up like Gaddafi or Hus­sein — or even Assad — and is using the only lever­age he has to stay in power.

This busi­ness will get out of con­trol and we will be lucky to live through it.

There is also an Iran con­nec­tion – nat­u­rally – and the Syr­ian Civil war, and the Russ­ian involve­ment … but this post is long enough. I just wanted to point to the items, inci­dents, and con­nec­tions that nearly every pub­lic com­men­ta­tor seems to have for­got­ten and/​or discounted.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

Gaddafi and Hussein are dead.

It’s said that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un doesn’t want to give up his nukes because of what happened to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

After the US invaded Iraq, which resulted in the deposition and execution of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi gave up his country’s nukes, only to be abandoned by the succeeding US administration – which resulted in Qaddafi’s deposition and execution. If the reports about Kim’s reasoning are true, it’s cogent piece of reasoning.

I’m Old Enough To Remember WhenTM Gaddafi publicly gave up his clandestine nuclear program and Syria’s Bashar Assad promised to pull his troops out of Lebanon, both saying, in effect: “I am not Saddam Hussein.”

As we know, the premise for the invasion of Iraq was that Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), refused to give them up, and refused to allow UN inspection of those weapons. Following the invasion, however, no WMD materials were found in Iraq and the “Bush Lied” meme was born.

(Aside: for years that was the cudgel that Democrats – some of whom had access to the same domestic and foreign intelligence reports that George W. Bush’s intel advisers did and many of whom voted for intervention in Iraq — used to criticize Bush. These Democrat critics included former Senators Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, along with current Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, all of whom voted “yea” for the Iraq Resolution.)

Bashar Assad

In the intervening years, various sources in-the-know have reported that Hussein sent his WMD materials to Syria. If this is true, then it was little skin off Assad’s nose to promise to pull back his troops; he had other many other plans brewing, thanks to Hussein, and at least one other source.

Then, in 2007, the Israelis bombed Syria, targeting what they said was a nuclear reactor under construction.

A video taken inside a secret Syrian facility last summer convinced the Israeli government and the Bush administration that North Korea was helping to construct a reactor similar to one that produces plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, according to senior U.S. officials who said it would be shared with lawmakers today.

The officials said the video of the remote site, code-named Al Kibar by the Syrians, shows North Koreans inside. It played a pivotal role in Israel’s decision to bomb the facility late at night last Sept. 6, a move that was publicly denounced by Damascus but not by Washington.

Sources familiar with the video say it also shows that the Syrian reactor core’s design is the same as that of the North Korean reactor at Yongbyon, including a virtually identical configuration and number of holes for fuel rods. It shows “remarkable resemblances inside and out to Yongbyon,” a U.S. intelligence official said. A nuclear weapons specialist called the video “very, very damning.”

Emphasis mine.

The Syrian government expressed outrage about getting bombed by the “Zionist Entity,” of course, and even used the “Bush Lied” rhetoric, but did little else about it. In 2011, the IAEA concurred with Israel’s claim about the facility.

It turns out that the nuclear connections between Syria and North Korea go back to about 1997. If you’re going read at least one of the links, read this one.

So maybe it’s true that Kim doesn’t want to end up like Gaddafi or Hussein — or even Assad — and is using the only leverage he has to stay in power.

This business will get out of control and we will be lucky to live through it.

There is also an Iran connection – naturally – and the Syrian Civil war, and the Russian involvement … but this post is long enough. I just wanted to point to the items, incidents, and connections that nearly every public commentator seems to have forgotten and/or discounted.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!