posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 02:40 PM
Listening to the radio today (Radio 4) there were a couple of interviews with elderly residents of Tripoli, one of whom was extremely distressed and
feared that a biological attack was a real possibility..
With this in mind I've been digging into the history a little..
Over the years, Libya’s nuclear program’s progress has suffered from mismanagement, lack of spare parts, and the reluctance of foreign suppliers
to provide assistance, particularly since the UN embargo went into effect in 1992. However, Qadhafi had not abandoned his goal of acquiring a nuclear
weapon. He continued to try to develop a Libyan nuclear weapons infrastructure. Despite a 25-year effort to acquire or develop a nuclear weapon,
Libya’s nuclear program remained in the embryonic stage. Prior to 2003, the U.S. Intelligence Community estimated that Libya would have a deployable
weapon by 2007. Subsequent inspections have since refuted that belief. It had succeeded in providing some training to a number of students and
technicians and the establishment of a nuclear research center, which includes a small nuclear research reactor under IAEA safeguards. This facility,
located at Tajura, southeast of Tripoli, was provided by the former Soviet Union. Since it was unlikely that Tripoli could produce a weapon without
significant and sustained foreign technical assistance, Qadhafi reportedly was trying to recruit nuclear scientists to assist in developing nuclear
The article goes on further stating,
Libya ordered a pilot scale uranium conversion facility in 1984. A Japanese company supplied Libya with the technology. The sale was apparently
arranged directly with the Japanese instead of through middlemen.
The full article is here globalsecurity.org
Nucleaar Non-Proliferation (wiki)
I'd be interested to hear any thoughts (on this subject in general, not necessarily just Libya)