June 8, 2007, - 11:00 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Twenty-six years ago, today, on June 7, 1981, fourteen F-15s and F-16s flew off the runway of Etzion Air Force base in the Negev, Israel, flying over Jordanian, Saudi, and Iraqi airspace, to attack the French-built Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor. It was the beginning of the successful Operation Opera.
The late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, Z”L*–who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia space flight in 2003–was one of the F-16 pilots who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor Tammuz 1 near Baghdad, part of Osirak.
While Israel was swiftly and strongly condemned at the time (including by the U.S.), today we saw the huge favor and act of courage the Israelis did for us–for the entire world.
Will anyone today–in the impotent West and equally impotent Israel–have the courage and the initiative to do to Iran’s nuclear facilities what the Israelis did to Iraq’s? It may be too late already. But, even if it is not, time is of the essence. And wimpitude is all the rage, infecting most of those who should be doing something.
Condoleeza Rice is impressing her way-too-overwhelming influence on President Bush to do nothing and to keep talking and begging like a jilted boyfriend for Iran to stop. While we “talk” and “dialogue,” their nuclear program comes further into development, and we achieve . . . nothing. And, during it all, she and Bush are too busy posing with celebs for Bono’s magazine covers to do anything substantive, like actual stopping the enemy.
They live out their Walter Mitty fantasies, while our doom draws closer because they’re simply too busy with more important things, like Bono Vanity Fair covers. Idiots.
(* Z”L stands for Zichrono LiVracha–Blessed Be His Memory, what Jews say about Jews who passed away. It is akin to R.I.P.)
Read more by Avi Hein on the details of the decimation of Osirak.
Watch these two cool videos of Operation Opera, the decimation of Saddam Hussein’s French-Built Osirak Nuclear Reactor:
Watch the Military Channel’s exciting “Raid on the Reactor” (Thanks to Menorah Blog for the tip):
“You see every bullet. And each one of them–that’s for you.”
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