Finally, though, the Bush administration has released some details about what happened. It seems that what the Israelis hit was a nuclear reactor that had been constructed with North Korean help—you can see the declassified evidence for this claim here. The Americans say that they were unaware of this facility’s existence until the Israelis brought it to their attention, once more showing just how strong Israel’s intelligence capabilities are, and that they did not green light the raid, a break from the two countries' usual no surprises policy.
There are many lessons to be drawn from this affair. But Graham Allison, a Harvard expert on nuclear matters, highlights perhaps the most worrying one, “if you can build a reactor in Syria without being detected for eight years, how hard can it be to sell a little plutonium to Osama bin Laden?”