August 29, 2003

Like Giving Whiskey and Car Keys to Teenage Boys

Considering how roundly the Israeli destruction of the reactor at Osirak was condemned in 1981, even though everyone this side of Al Qaeda is quite happy about it now, should we expect the same sort of hand-wringing from the usual suspects if this happens?

Israel has ready a plan to bomb Iran's Bushehr nuclear-power plant should the Persian Gulf coast facility, now under construction, begin producing weapons-grade material, an insider tells us. This source says Israel has mapped out a route its jet fighters would take to destroy what is designed to be a two-reactor plant. A successful strike would ensure that the radical Tehran regime does not develop nuclear weapons. Iran has tested 600-mile-range ballistic missiles that can reach Israel and carry nuclear, biological or chemical warheads.

I know Israel has the will and the means to take care of this. But will Bush err on Bushehr? We can only hope that the US has plans for Bushehr and Yongbyon as well.

OK, I stole the title from P.J. O,Rourke, but as we all know, plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery -- not imitation. And if James Lileks can advocate nuking North Korea, then I don't think this is too far out of the mainstream. As an aside, in a post yesterday, I had a line eerily similar to Mr. Lileks', "I was tryiní to reach a live man", but deleted it and replaced it with a revision to a classic Dirty Harry line because I thought it was a little too far out on the edge. My judgment and timing remain impeccable, ensuring my eternal placement in the pantheon of second-rate bloggers.

Posted by Charles Austin at August 29, 2003 10:27 AM

I am sure we have strike plans but I fear we dont have the will to enact them.

Never fear Charles...your not second-rate in my book.

Posted by: Mike Van Winkle at 05:21 PM

Speaking of second-rate...I thought you're and wrote your...proof reading mike, proof reading!

Posted by: mike van winkle at 05:22 PM