A former senior US intelligence official had access to current information at the time. "We (have no) proof of a reactor," he said. "No signals intelligence, no human intelligence, no satellite intelligence."
Best evidence was a North Korean ship. Both countries had routine business dealings for years. North Korean laborers went back and forth routinely. They did nothing out of the ordinary.
They worked at the site. It was unrelated to nuclear or chemical warfare. "Syria concluded that chemical warfare had little deterrent value against Israel."
The facility struck "was to be one of a string of missile-manufacturing plants scattered throughout Syria, all low tech, not strategic."
Whatever was attacked had nothing to do with nuclear reactor development. Washington was involved. It partners with Israeli aggression and high crimes.
The White House declined comment. Hersh said "aerospace industry and military sources told Aviation Week & Space Technology".that the United States had provided Israel with advice about 'potential target vulnerabilities.' "
Washington's involvement dated back months earlier. It was linked to a possible war on Iran. Defense Intelligence Agency officials believed Syria was installing new Russian-supplied radar/air defense systems.
Entering its airspace would entail risks. Israel's preemptive strike warned Iran. It's been targeted for years. Tehran's well aware of Israel's intentions. Conditions now are much like earlier. In some respects they're worse.