Your "opinions" are welcome as long as they make sense, but of course you realize that there are other views on the matter. Here is one of them from the webpage of the Federation of American Scientists:Originally posted by mimil
About Osiris, and osirak:
"It should be known that, until Carter which realized the damage, the sale of engines of research in the world was going well. They are large units or small some far from dear, known as MTR (Materials Testing Reactor) which render great services in the industrial research, the manufacture of the radioisotopes of medical use (a simple scintiscanning uses some) or industrialist (the element ionizing of a smoke detector is americium 241 etc. 200 MTR exist in the world, and any respected university, even in the Third World has one of them. In fact especially the american sold them, business is business. It should be known that some of these engines functioned with very enriched fuel completely suited and without any difficulty of entering the composition of a weapon. The yankees are thus "the" culprits of the proliferation, and they prefer not to praise themselves"
"Like its name indicates it Osirak is the certified copy of Osiris, an engine who functions with a little enriched fuel and completely incompetent of quarrelsome use: the limit of enrichment of uranium not proliferating is 20%, it is a physical reality, Osiris always was below by construction. "
Iraq began to expand its nuclear sector in the 1970's, but made little progress in the early 1980's, when most of its energy and attention were focused on the war against Iran. In September 1980, at the onset of the Iran-Iraq War, the Israeli Chief of Army Intelligence urged the Iranians to bomb Osiraq. On 30 September 1980 a a pair of Iranian Phantom jets, part of a larger group of aircraft attacking a conventional electric power plant near Baghdad, also bombed the Osiraq reactor. Minor damage to the reactor was reported. No further Iranian air attacks against Iraqi nuclear facilities were identified during the rest of the seven-year war.
When Israeli intelligence confirmed Iraq's intention of producing weapons at Osiraq, the Israeli government decided to attack. According to some estimates, Iraq in 1981 was still as much as five to ten years away from the ability to build a nuclear weapon. Others estimated at that time that Iraq might get its first such weapon within a year or two. Prime Minister Menachem Begin felt military action was the only remedy. Begin feared that his party would lose the next election, and he feared that the opposition party would not preempt prior to the production of the first Iraqi nuclear bomb.
The raid would have to occur before its first fuel was to be loaded, before the reactor went "hot" so as not to endanger the surrounding community. The target was distant: 1,100 km from Israel. Preparations included building target mock-ups and flying full scale dress-rehearsal missions. The aircrews were selected from the cream of the IAFs fighter corps. The IDF Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Rafael (Raful) Eitan, briefed the pilots personally. Displaying unusual emotion, he told them: "The alternative is our destruction".