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    huh..., 2005-02-10 13:04:44 | Main | welcome to sunny Campbell County, Tennessee..., 2005-02-11 11:29:46

    osirak:

    if you look it up on google news it's the talk of the town, presumably will remain so so long as the kerfluffle over Iran's nuclear program continues. The idea being that the raid Israel made against Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor is some sort of example to follow in response to Iran's nuclear program. Relevant for those who might like to see the region nuke-free, Israel's nuclear weapons program was an "irreversible fact" by the mid-1960s, according to the CIA. Maybe there was a grand-father clause in the NPT. Anyway, Eric Umansky has some relevant details on the Osirak strike I've never tracked down, like this:

    The Osirak reactor that was bombed by Israel in June of 1981 was explicitly designed by the French engineer Yves Girard to be unsuitable for making bombs. That was obvious to me on my 1982 visit. Many physicists and nuclear engineers have agreed. Much evidence suggests that the bombing did not delay the Iraqi nuclear-weapons program but started it. For example, the principal Iraqi scientist, Jafar Dhia Jafar, was asked by Saddam Hussein to work on the bomb only in July of 1981.

    Richard Wilson
    Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics
    Harvard University

    [via unfogged].


:: posted by buermann @ 2005-02-11 10:36:24 CST | link





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