The Washington Post reports here concerning the details of Libya’s incipient nuclear program. These details are now being revealed pursuant to Moammar Gaddafi’s newfound cooperation — you know, the cooperation that had nothing to do with our invasion of Iraq.
Mohammed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke about what has been learned so far. I was struck by what he had to say:
The veteran inspector said the findings highlighted the inadequacy of international inspections. IAEA teams have been visiting Libya for years and knew nothing about the equipment they saw Sunday. Some of it was found along dirt alleys in urban neighborhoods.
Even permission to allow surprise inspections would not guarantee discovery of a nuclear weapons program. “Low-level programs like this are difficult to detect. They can be run in a garage,” ElBaradei said. “You would have to be lucky or have very good intelligence to run across it. We’re doing a lot of soul-searching.“
The smarty-pants types who pretend that it was possible for us to know exactly how far Saddam had gotten with his nuclear weapons program — and who thought inspectors would solve everything — would do well to emulate ElBaradei’s soul-searching.