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Israel Struck Syrian Facility: Following Dangerous US Policy of Preemption PDF Print E-mail
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2007 October 17

Israel Struck Syrian Facility: Following Dangerous US Policy of  Preemption

PEJ News- Joan Russow – Global Compliance Research Project - The US has set a dangerous precedent in its adoption of the policy of “preemptive strikes” against states that pose a threat to the United States. This policy also embraces “unilateralism” . The policy states that the US will use “active deterrence” along with its allies or will act unilaterally. It is reported today, that, on September 6, Israel struck a facility in Syria.




In 2006, CBS reported that Bush has reaffirmed his doctrine of Preemption. – his first – strike policy against terrorists and enemy nations:

"The president believes that we must remember the clearest lesson of Sept. 11: that the United States of America must confront threats before they fully materialize," national security adviser Stephen Hadley said.

"The president's strategy affirms that the doctrine of preemption remains sound and must remain an integral part of our national security strategy," Hadley said. "If necessary, the strategy states, under longstanding principles of self defense, we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack."

Titled "National Security Strategy," the report summarizes Mr. Bush's plan for protecting America and directing U.S. relations with other nations. It is an updated version of a report the president issued in 2002” (CBS AP, 2006) .


On October 14, 2007, it is reported in the New York Times that Israel has followed the US Doctrine of Pre-emption; “Israel’s air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and American intelligence analysts judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel, according to American and foreign officials with access to the intelligence reports.

The description of the target addresses one of the central mysteries surrounding the Sept. 6 attack, and suggests that Israel carried out the raid to demonstrate its determination to snuff out even a nascent nuclear project in a neighboring state. The Bush administration was divided at the time about the wisdom of Israel’s strike, American officials said, and some senior policy makers still regard the attack as premature. (Sanger and Mazzetti New York Times, 2007)


NATO has an ambivalent first strike policy; NATO states that it does not have a first strike nuclear policy and it does not have a no first strike nuclear policy.

Nato has not renounced a nuclear First –use policy. On its web site the policy is as follows “ NATO does not follow either a nuclear First-Use or No-First-Use policy. The Alliance does not determine in advance how it would react to aggression.


Israeli official: Syria confirms IAF strike targeted nuclear facility

By Haaretz Service

Syria has confirmed that the target of an IAF raid deep within its borders
last month was a nuclear facility, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials said

The officials quoted remarks by Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations
Bashar Jafari to a meeting of a UN disarmament and arms control committee,
as reported by Israeli Foreign Ministry Deputy Director General for
Strategic Affairs Miriam Ziv, who took part in the meeting.

If accurate, it would be the first such admission by Damascus, which has
denied widespread reports that evidence of nuclear weapons research sparked
the September 6 Israeli air strike in northern Syria. Syrian President
Bashar Assad has maintained that Israel bombed an "unused military building"
in the raid.

In her Tuesday night report to Jerusalem, Ziv quoted Jafari as telling the
committee: "Israel is the fourth largest exporter of arms in the world, and
is violating the airspace of other countries."

In an apparent error as to the date of the air strike, Jafari continued:
"Israel has attacked nuclear installations in the region, including the
attack of the sixth of July in Syria."

In an official response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the
statements, declining further comment.

The report follows a Saturday New York Times account, which said that the
attack targeted a partially built nuclear reactor that was years away from

Israeli officials have been largely silent about the affair. The military
only recently relaxed censorship to allow Israel-based journalists to report
that Israeli aircraft attacked a military target deep inside Syria.

The Times said the nuclear reactor was modeled on one North Korea had used
to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel. North Korea has denied
involvement in any such activities in Syria.
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