Israel did not have a clear idea of the nature of the facility it targeted in Syria in September 2007, US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh posits in a New Yorker article scheduled to be published next week. The article, titled A shot in the dark , cites interviews with American, Israeli and Syrian sources. Hersh, a Pulitzer prize winner for his exposes on the My Lai massacre of 1968, claimed in his article that Israel decided to bomb the facility before its exact purpose was established. Speaking on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Hersh said that the primary objective of the bombing was to send a forceful message to Iran. He added that the most remarkable feature of the operation was the absolute silence of everyone involved given that bombing another country constitutes a casus beli.