By Hook Or By Crook

Some 40 miles east of Tripoli, a complex of white stone buildings sparkles in the sunlight. Beyond the main entrance a courtyard opens onto a verdant Mediterranean garden. One of the surrounding walls is decorated with a brightly colored, stylized representation of Mendeleev's periodic table, the catalog of the elements. The attractive complex, however, is neither a jet- setter's hideaway nor a university campus. An inscription within the periodic table proclaims, "The Revolution Forever!" and outside the gate soldiers mount guard. Welcome to Libya's Tajura Nuclear Research Center.

Libya's persistent bid for nuclear power vividly dramatizes the potential menace of proliferation....

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