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Saturday, August 10, 2002
 
Atrios, quoting Jason Vest of TAP, made a silly statement about the incomplete Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr:

According to multiple national security sources, plans for a "preemptive" strike against Iran's nearly completed nuclear reactor at Bushehr have already been developed. According to one source familiar with the plan, the logic behind it calls for debate, too. "The hawks believe that because the Iranians have given Hizbollah small arms, they're going to give them radioactive waste to make dirty bombs. I'm sorry, but state sponsors of terrorism are very reluctant to give up control of that stuff to surrogates," he says.

The plans to prevent the reactor from coming on line have very little to do with the possibility that radioactive materials from the plant might be given to Hizbollah. That is not so unlikely given that Hizbollah is now not merely a surrogate but also seems to be essential to the government's domestic security, but even that isn't the main issue. The more serious problem is that senior Iranian officials have publicly said that Islamic nations should develop nuclear weapons for use against Israel, on the grounds that Israel is small enough to be destroyed by a few bombs and the Islamic world is large enough to survive any retaliatory striike.



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