Why So Quiet in the Middle East?

Posted on September 18, 2007 In Blog

In an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens considers a number of interesting theories as to what prompted Israel to conduct an air raid into Syria last week. Stephens notes that in a very unusual twist for Middle Eastern politicians in general, and Israeli politicians specifically, no one seems interested in talking about what exactly happened.

Traditionally, the Israelis are always more then happy to talk about its neighbors sending or receiving shipments of illicit weapons, or engaging in other similar behavior. On the other side, the Arab states are never slow to denounce Israel for any variety of alleged wrong-doings. This makes the silence from both sides very much out of the ordinary, and leads one to wonder what exactly is going on.

Stephens concludes that based on available evidence, the “least unlikely” scenario for the strike is that Syria had received a shipment of nuclear materials from North Korea, forcing Israel to act. Although details are still sketchy, one thing is for certain – when nobody in the Middle East has anything to say, something big is happening.

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