But what’s behind it?
Claims that Syria was trying to build a nuclear reactor with North Korean help tell us more about the US than they do about Syria.
There’s nothing new here. These accusations were leveled when Israel destroyed a building in Syria with an air raid last September. Now the US has produced photographic ‘evidence’ and given it to the UN nuclear agency. But they’re not happy – the IAEA is furious at the delay in handing these photos over.
So why the delay? Look at the timing. It comes on the day America is about to finish negotiating with North Korea. And it comes two days after Israel revealed it was willing to return the whole Occupied Golan Heights in return for a peace treaty with Syria.
It is the biggest news story in the west about Syria for many many years. But even the right-wing media seem sceptical. The Colin Powell Iraqi WMD presentation has had an effect.
There is speculation even on the BBC (which normally steers away from comment in news pieces) that this nuclear ‘revelation’ is an attempt by Dick Cheney, and the neo-con regime remnants to undermine Bush.