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Even the very ability of Israel's military to repeat the decisive strike achieved at Osirak appears doubtful. While the Iraqi nuclear effort was concentrated at the Osirak plant, nuclear experts say the Iranians have dispersed their program at multiple sites, some of which are hidden underground.
Originally posted by Bleys
Seems like it would be pointless to go in until they actually have a finished warhead and missile to carry it. But as far along as their nuclear program is and with the Shahab-3 tests - can that be very far away?
Originally posted by flycatch
The Iranian nuclear plant must be eliminated either by Israel or some other foreign entity. No Nation in posession of nuclear weapons can be trusted that includes them all. If I were Israel I would strike now and rid the Middle East of just one more pimple on the face of Islam.
Originally posted by RealisticPatriot
whenever that took place (80's?)
the Iranians have NO reason to develop nuclear capabilities, when you are sitting on that much oil, energy becomes a laughable excuse to harness the atom, and real motives become clear.
Originally posted by Riwka
The U.S. is the one who has made recent threats against Iran - Condoleeza Rice last week, and before that it was President Bush. The US has to demonstrate that it can hit Iranian targets and so Israel need not take action on its own.
[edit on 18-8-2004 by Riwka]