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Friends, tthree thoughts about the nuclear reactor by the Euphrates River.
1. We are not as lucky as the Chinese on these matters.
Since North Korea depends on China for help (from food, ….. all the way up to international diplomacy, loans and technology), China can exert the necessary leverage on North Korea, in order to diffuse the presence of nuclear weapons a few kilometers from its border. And China is doing it, …….. according to the international press, of course – I haven't been talking to Pyongyang lately.
Syria does not depend on us. We have to use different methods. We have a lot more at risk, we have a lot more to loose if our efforts are fruitless. We are determined to maintain the present nuclear status quo in the region, also for the benefit of the other neighbors in the area. They fear Syrians and they had already their quota of conflicts with them, for the last 150 years. **
We have the unofficial blessing of the rest of our Arab neighbors that also ask, what Syria was up to? Did anyone of you read o listen a Jordanian, Turkish, Libanese or Egyptian complain about the Israeli raid????
2. So far President Assad from Syria has not toured the wreckage at the nuclear site by the Euphrates River, accompanied by Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency.
Assad is reluctant to collaborate with ElBaradei ………. and the reason definitely is not …………………… that they cannot find a common language to communicate.
3. Assad has a lot more to gain (and he knows it) if he sits once and for all, with his Israeli counterpart and they both work a deal. Historically the Syrians have demands on the Libanese territory …… and with some good will and creativity, the Syrians could obtain "peacefully" what they couldn't get by force.
** Just for the purpose of presenting Syria to our readers………. Water is, after education, the most important problem in the Middle East (I believe that the next war will be triggered by water ownership an usage issues). Saudi Arabia is willing to totally fund the construction of a pipe line from Turkey (where water is abundant) all the way down to Yemen, for the benefit of all the people living in the area.
This pipe line, would have to pass through Syria "sovereign territory". Syria that insists in having on its territory the possibility of shutting down the line when they feel they have to or need to. The Saudis are opposed to grant Syria the control over the water and become dependent on the Syrian moods ……………….. and the desserts are growing dryer every summer in secula seculorum …….. instead of being, through the use of Israeli agricultural technology, the number one supplier of fruit, flowers and vegetables in the world. Quelle damage ……. !!!!