[Guest post by DRJ]
According to the Washington Post, independent experts have located the suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site bombed by the Israelis earlier this month and identified the structures as similar to North Korean-designed reactors. A former UN inspector, whose work for ISIS involves tracking nuclear weapons and stockpiles around the world, acknowledged it was difficult to know for sure what the site was but he was “pretty convinced that Syria was trying to build a nuclear reactor.”
The IAEA is also investigating but its director Mohammed El Baradei expressed anger at the Israelis’ decision to use force to deal with the Syrian installation. Frankly, I’m curious why El Baradei and the UN inspectors apparently didn’t have a clue what the Syrians were up to. In any event, I think the root of the problem is rogue states who want nuclear programs. The use of force is one of several tools, including inspections and diplomacy, that the world should use to deal with this problem.