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Israel’s prints on AP Iran bomb story

More Israeli meddling to raise the pressure on the US to attack Iran.

According to the AP news service, “officials of a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” – ie Israel – leaked its reporters a diagram purportedly showing that Iran has been running computer simulations of a nuclear warhead capable of producing three times the explosive force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Even assuming that these documents are real, and that they show official efforts at developing a weapon, and not the computer musings of a university professor somewhere in Iran (very big ifs), what I find extraordinary is the report’s horrified tone. THREE times the force of the Hiroshima bomb!

Let’s put that in perspective. How much explosive force does an average modern US – or Israeli – nuclear weapon have? Apparently it’s TWENTY times that of the Hiroshima bomb.
(www.ucsusa.org/publications/ask/2010/nuclear-weapons.html)

But who cares – the goal here is to goad us into another attack on a Muslim country, and any pretext will do.

www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/iran-allegedly-planning-nuclear-weapon-stronger-than-bomb-used-on-hiroshima-1.480968

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