Now let's remember that Plutonium is not "Alien in a Box" - it doesn't jump into your face, it will mightily increase you risk of getting nasty health problems if you inhale it, less if you ingest it, it must be handled in small quantities unless you want to have hot, molten metal or a runaway process. You indeed can kill a million of people (due to alpha radiation) with a milligram but only if those people are dumb enough to inject it intravenously. Now let's assume: - Syria wants nukes (for what exactly? how many?) - Syria knows how to build a Pu bomb that doesn' fizzle (where did they get the plans? are they gonna test it? have they foreseen yearly mainteance? what about delivery? trigger electronics? packaging? teaching?) - North Korea is willing and able to deliver already highly-refined weapons-grade Pu (so no need for a reprocessing plant) ..then Syria needs to only have a somewhat special, well-isolated metal-processing workshop, not a mysterious unhideable factory.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Inside Intel / Not a reactor - something far more vicious