PREVENTIVE ATTACKS AGAINST NUCLEAR PROGRAMS AND THE “SUCCESS” AT OSIRAQ

@article{Reiter2005PREVENTIVEAA,
  title={PREVENTIVE ATTACKS AGAINST NUCLEAR PROGRAMS AND THE “SUCCESS” AT OSIRAQ},
  author={Dan Reiter},
  journal={The Nonproliferation Review},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={355 - 371}
}
  • Dan Reiter
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Political Science
  • The Nonproliferation Review
Advocates of the preventive use of force against emerging nuclear, biological, or chemical programs often look to the allegedly successful 1981 Israeli airstrike against Iraqi nuclear facilities at Osiraq. According to the conventional wisdom, this attack may have prevented Iraq from going nuclear before Operation Desert Storm in 1991. This article assesses the claim that the 1981 attack substantially delayed Iraqi acquisition of nuclear weapons, both by revisiting older debates and by… 

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