Be Careful What You Wish For

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HIGHLY VOLATILE: Iran may be referred to the U.N. Security Council for resuming its uranium-enrichment program

Play a thought experiment on the decision by iran last week to restart the process of uranium enrichment that, under an agreement with the major European powers, it had ceased in 2004. Assume — as many fear — that Iran wants highly enriched uranium not so that it can develop nuclear power, but to build an atomic bomb. Suppose, moreover, that it manages to do so, and that there is no military intervention in Iran of the kind that Israel visited upon Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981. What would happen next? Somehow or other, in all likelihood, others would seek...

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