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Thursday, June 18, 2009

UN blames Israel for UN impotence

This has got to be read to be believed:

(International Atomic Energy Agency chief) ElBaradei: "When Israel bombed what was claimed to be a nuclear facility, it was not only hampering our work, but it was a clear violation of international law.

"You, sir, your action is deplored by not allowing us to do what we're supposed to do under international law. You're not even a member of the (NPT) regime to tell us what to do. We would appreciate it if you stopped preaching to us."

Syria was almost finished building a secret nuclear reactor that the IAEA had no idea about. Because they kept it secret, it is a fair guess that the goal was to create nuclear weapons that would be hidden from the IAEA. If Israel hadn't bombed it, the IAEA would still not know about it. But ElBaradei is blaming Israel for hampering the IAEA's nonexistent investigation into a nuclear plant that it didn't know existed!

Israel pointed out very nicely the utter incompetence of the IAEA, and the IAEA isn't happy that they were caught flatfooted. So of course they blame the people who showed them to be impotent, rather than the people who were, you know, actually building an illegal nuclear facility.

(h/t Yaacov Lozowick)