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Saturday, January 6th 2007

Iran To Taste Nuclear Weapons…

…but really not the right kind. Israel has “leaked” the existence of plans to use tactical nukes to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.

Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.

“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources. .

I have two points. First, “nuclear” is a charged word. A “tactical” nuclear weapon need not come anywhere near, say, Hiroshima. They can achieve limited destruction without irradiating a large area or eliciting a response with strategic nuclear weapons, etc. Not that I, in any way, think that this attack would be a good idea.

Second, this is a “key” leak of information. How could Israel realistically not have plans to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities? What, are they going to draw them up the night before? The military planners are too busy playing Dance Dance Revolution? What else are they going to be doing?

Iran is, rightly, a major concern for Israel. I would expect nothing else of their government and military. Still, the fact this information was leaked I think shows it is more of a “foreign affairs” play to put the crunch on Iran, rather than a sign of the plan actually pending to be put into action.

H/T Drudge