September 20, 2007

If anything ever showed the fecklessness of the International Atomic Agency, it’s the election of Syria as Deputy Chairman of the IAEA’s General Conference:

The Syrian news agency SANA proudly reported the election on Tuesday, adding that Syria was also successful in including "the Israeli nuclear arsenal as an item on the agenda of the conference."

The agenda for the meeting includes the item "Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat." While Iran will be a focus of the discussions, there is no item on the agenda referring to the Islamic Republic by name.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry had "no public comment" on Syria’s election.

But Gerald Steinberg, chairman of Bar-Ilan University’s political science department and an authority on nonproliferation, said the election "reflects the absurdity of the political process inside the IAEA."

This, of course, is the same country that had its secret nuclear facility bombed. You know, the one it was running with the help of North Korea?

Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse.

As the article points out, the position is symbolic. But symbolism is important. To have a known terror-sponsoring state that is cooperating with other pariah states to obtain nuclear weapons chair a meeting of an organization meant to control the spread of nuclear weapons is absurd. It lays bare the meaninglessness of the IAEA’s mission. It is as if Senator Robert Byrd (D – WV), a former KKK recruiter, was elected honorary chairman of the NAACP.

Of course, pathetic impotence is the norm for the IAEA. Under its head, Mohamed ElBaradei, the organization has repeatedly bought Iran time to develop its own nuclear weapons, by running interference whenever the West seemed about to lose patience at last with Tehran’s lies. Whether it does this out of a desire to avoid all conflict whatsoever, even if that means an Iranian bomb, or ElBaradei actively wants Iran to develop nuclear weapons, I don’t know. In either case, the IAEA is useless when it comes to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

Elevating Syria to a position of honor in the General Conference just transforms this black comedy to a farce.

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Israel Matzav, Atlas Shrugs, and Solomonia.