June 3, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Bush silent in face of Bashir's SCUDs?

From the New York Times: Syria Test-Fires 3 Scud Missiles, Israelis Say:

Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last Friday, including one that broke up over Turkish territory and showered missile parts down onto unsuspecting Turkish farmers, Israeli military officials revealed Thursday.

These were the first such Syrian missile tests since 2001, the Israelis said, and were part of a Syrian missile development project using North Korean technology and designed, the Israelis contend, to deliver air-burst chemical weapons. The missiles included one older Scud B, with a range of about 185 miles, and two Scud D's, the Israelis say they believe, with a range of about 435 miles.


Israeli officials, who are familiar with the intelligence but asked that their names or departments not be identified, decided to publicize the tests in part because they were puzzled by the American silence about them, and because Israel sees them as part of a troubling pattern of behavior by Mr. Assad.

Tip of the kova tembel to AmericaBlog, who asks some good questions:

Now why would the White House say nothing about the May 27 SCUD missile tests that Syria launched?

...Could it be that this doesn not fit with the talking points of the administration about a safer Middle East?

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