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  •  i tend to believe iran is going nuclear. (none)
    the factor that makes me hesitate is israel. didn't israel take out an iranian nuclear facility years ago in the belief that it represented a threat to israel's existence? i'd be curious as to israel's stance on all of this at this time.

    We get a lot of advice. We tend to listen when somebody's won something. - Joe Lockhart

    by yankeedoodler on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 12:28:32 AM PST

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    •  NO. It was an Iraqi nuclear reactor (none)
      that Israel destroyed from the air in 1981--the Osirak reactor aka the Tammuz reactor.

      Incidentally, "Osirak" is a blend of two words: "Osiris"--the Egyptian god of the dead--and "Iraq"

      Echos of J. Robert Oppenheimer "I am become death, shatterer of worlds"

      The whole human nuclear adventure is fraught with irony.

      •  thanks. you're right, i did get it (none)
        mixed up. any thoughts on israel's stance vis-a-vis the iran
        nuclear weapons issue?

        We get a lot of advice. We tend to listen when somebody's won something. - Joe Lockhart

        by yankeedoodler on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 09:09:10 AM PST

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        •  it boggles the mind! (none)
          I have no particular insight, but here's a really good summary of what faces US/Israel re Iran

          http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/week/040812.htm

          CNS is the Center for Non-proliferation Studies

          the analysis was done in 2004--not all that long ago.

          I will say that only a week or so ago the NYT carried an article about changes in our own nuclear weapons program with the goal to getting more accurate weapons. We averted a hot war while sitting on a lot of "duds" during the cold war  under MAD [mutually assured destruction. If  what we're after now is increased accuracy--I'm scared.

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