Israel has nuclear plans for Iran – report

– When I created this entry, I didn’t know if I should put it under ‘Politics – How not to do it‘ or not. Frankly, I’m not sure what should happen here. It appears to be a lose-lose in all directions to me. So, in the end, I put it under ‘The Perfect Storm‘ because which ever way it works out, it will contribute to the increasing instability in the world.

The logic: If Iran is allowed to press on and develop nuclear weapons, it will change the entire power structure of the Mid-East and they may well decide to obliterate Israel. On the other hand, if Israel or the US preemptively takes out Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Iran will probably loosen its controls on its nuclear materials and begin passing these materials out to al Qaeda and other Islamic fundamentalist groups who, up until now, have apparently not been able to gain access to significant quantities of these materials. Once the fundamentalists have these materials, it won’t be long before the long feared ‘Dirty Bombs‘ appear in places like London and Washington, D.C. and the havoc that will cause to the nations so attacked and their economies is hard to grasp. Imagine Manhattan radioactive and abandoned for years while the Feds try to work out how to decontaminate it – and you’ll get the picture.
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LONDON – Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, the Sunday Times said.

Citing what it said were several Israeli military sources, the paper said two Israeli air force squadrons had been training to blow up an enrichment plant in Natanz using low-yield nuclear “bunker busters”.

Two other sites, a heavy water plant at Arak and a uranium conversion plant at Isfahan, would be targeted with conventional bombs, the Sunday Times said.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously last month to slap sanctions on Iran to try to stop uranium enrichment that Western powers fear could lead to making bombs. Tehran insists its plans are peaceful and says it will continue enrichment.

Israel has refused to rule out pre-emptive military action against Iran along the lines of its 1981 air strike against an atomic reactor in Iraq, although many analysts believe Iran’s nuclear facilities are too much for Israel to take on alone.

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