Saturday, March 28, 2015

New York Times Accidentally Undermines John Bolton "Bomb Iran" Op-Ed in Own Pages

The Intercept points out that the New York Times Accidentally Undermined John Bolton "Bomb Iran" Op-Ed in Own Pages. It seems they added a link to his text

In an unusual touch, a link added to the original online edition of Bolton’s op-ed directly undermines Bolton’s case for war:

…Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program. Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure. The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in Iraq…can accomplish what is required.

U.S. and Israeli politicians often claim that Israel’s bombing of Iraq in 1981 significantly set back an already-existing Iraqi nuclear weapons program. The truth is almost exactly the opposite. Harvard Physics Professor Richard Wilson, who visited the ruins of Osirak in 1982 and followed the issue closely, has said the available evidence ‘suggests that the bombing did not delay the Iraqi nuclear-weapons program but started it.’ This evidence includes the design of the Osirak reactor, which made it unsuitable for weapons production, and statements by Iraqi nuclear scientists that Saddam Hussein ordered them to begin a serious nuclear weapons program in response to the Israeli attack."

Interestingly the Times has changed the link. It now points to this 1981 article, Israeli Jets Destroy Iraqi Atomic Reactor - Attack Condemned By U.S. and Arab Nations. According to The Intercept it originally pointed to this 2012 Washington Post opinion piece, An Israeli attack against Iran would backfire — just like Israel’s 1981 strike on Iraq.

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