Chief UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei Sunday accused Israel of
taking “the law into their own hands” with a raid on Syria, and
demanded more information about what was hit.
Neither Israel nor the United States has furnished “any evidence at
all” to prove that the Syrian site bombed last month was a secret
nuclear facility, the director of the International Atomic Energy
Agency told CNN.
“That, to me, is very distressful because we have a system; if
countries have information that the country is working on a
nuclear-related program, they should come to us. We have the authority
to go out and investigate,” he said.
“But to bomb first and then ask questions later, I think it
undermines the system and it doesn’t lead to any solution to any
suspicion, because we are the eyes and ears of the international
What a joke.
Israel understands, from experience, that the UN will not lift a finger to prevent Syria from getting a nuke. Case in point Iran.
The IAEA first reported that Tehran had failed to comply with its
obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003.
980 days later,
on March 29, 2006, the Security Council finally became seized of the
matter of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Since then we have watched how long
it will take the Security Council to live up to its UN Charter
obligations to (a) determine Iran’s behavior constitutes a threat to
international peace and security, and (b) take serious action to
maintain peace and security.
ElBaradei and the UN are incompetent, corrupt lackeys. There is no use for the organization in its present state. A world body that puts the worst dictators on a human rights commission has become a joke. A joke which needs to be dismantled piece by piece.
Caroline Glick wrote a piece on the UN just today which fits nicely with ElBaradei’s whining:
Take for example the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency Muhammad elBaradei’s recent remarks on the subject. Speaking to Le Monde on Monday, elBaradei asserted that it will take Iran between three to eight years to acquire a nuclear arsenal. Consequently, he argued, there is no reason to consider conducting a military strike against Teheran’s program. There is still plenty of time for diplomacy, or sanctions or even incentives for the ayatollahs, he said.
ElBaradei’s statement is only interesting when it is compared to a statement he made in December 2005 to the Independent. Back then Baradei’s view was that Iran was just “a few months” away from producing atomic bombs. But then too he saw no reason to attack. As he put it when he warned that Iran was on the precipice of nuclear weapons, using force would just “open Pandora’s box.” “There would be efforts to isolate Iran; Iran would retaliate, and at the end of the day, you have to go back to the negotiation table to find the solution,” elBaradei warned.
Given that the IAEA’s Egyptian chief has been unstinting in his view that no obstacle should be placed in Iran’s path to nuclear bombs, what makes his statements from 2005 and today interesting is what they tell us about his changing perception of the West’s intentions. At the end of 2005, he was fairly certain that the West – led by the US – lacked the will to attack Iran. By making the statement he made at the time, he sought to demoralize the West and so convince it that there was nothing to be done to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Now, when faced with a real possibility that the US or Israel or a combination of states are ready and willing to attack Iran’s nuclear installations, elBaradei seeks to undermine them by questioning the salience of the threat.
Sometimes it seems that the only reason elBaradei is in place at the UN is to ensure that enough Muslim nations get
nuclear weapons so that when they attack Israel they have a reasonable
chance of succeeding at their goal, specifically wiping Israel off the map. How else can we view his conduct? A few years ago when we thought Iran was just about to get that nuke he didn’t want any action taken against Iran. A few years later he says Iran is many years away from a nuke, so no action taken either. Oh, btw, according to Debka the US and Israel has solid evidence that Syria was trying to get a nuke….much better evidence then we have on Iran:
President Bashar Assad was personally involved in Damascus’ nuclear deal with Pyongyang. Documentary proofs of this, obtained from the presidential bureau and signed by Assad in person, are now in the hands of the US and Israeli intelligence services, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report. In one, Assad hands down a specific order in his own handwriting that North Korea not be charged for Syrian goods, including an annual shipment of 100,000 tons of Durham wheat for five years worth a total of $120 million. This is the equivalent of the value of the reactor for producing plutonium up to its most radioactive stage, which North Korea promised Syria.
A high-ranking Western intelligence source speaking to DEBKAfile described the evidence against Assad in US and Israeli hands as solid and much closer to a smoking gun than the West has turned up against Iran’s nuclear program.
And what does elBaradei and the UN want us to do with this kind of information? Hand it over to them and then wait 3-4 years before they get around to sending a strongly worded letter of some sort.
What a disgrace of an organization.