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How to stop rise of rogue nuclear powers

Israel's pre-emptive strike against Syria in 2007 offers lessons on current crises involving North Korea and Iran

LONDON • Timing, as they say, is everything. So, when the Israeli government recently admitted, more than a decade after the event, that it was indeed responsible for destroying a nuclear reactor in Syria back in 2007, diplomats and analysts concluded that the revelations were intended more as a topical warning.

After all, Israel's responsibility for that fateful air raid on the Syrian reactor on the night of Sept 5, 2007 was always one of the Middle East's worst-kept secrets; Israel's military footprint was obvious within days after the raid, and although Israeli officials kept mum, their operation was subsequently documented in every book written by every single senior member of the US administration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2018, with the headline 'How to stop rise of rogue nuclear powers'. Print Edition | Subscribe