Thursday, March 27, 2008

Taking Infrastructure Attacks to a New Level

Well, in the past few days we've seen evidence that the Taliban and Iraqi globalguerrillas are paying more attention to infrastructure attacks. Looks like Hizbullah has the potential to take an infrastructure attack to a whole new level:

Israel: Hezbollah Increases Rocket Range
By Matti Friedman
JERUSALEM (AP) — With Iranian backing, Hezbollah guerrillas have dramatically increased their rocket range and can now threaten most of Israel, senior Israeli defense officials said.

The Lebanese group has acquired new Iranian rockets with a range of about 185 miles, the officials said Wednesday. That means the guerrillas can hit anywhere in Israel's heavily populated center and reach as far south as Dimona, where Israel's nuclear reactor is located...

Now, as with anything, we need to take this with a few grains of salt. We don't have a way of confirming the allegation. And, even if the rockets can reach Dimona, we have no data on the containment dome and what kind of damage engineering analysis says it can withstand. If those Hizbullah rockets (assuming they exist, assuming they can be targeted reasonably accurately) do have the ability to reach Dimona, even if they can't damage the containment structure, just hitting the facility would strike a huge propaganda blow for the group.

Picture of the Dimona nuclear facility from

And if they could crack the containment dome and do damage to the core, then we are talking about the Mother of All Infrastructure Attacks. Unlikely, but it is something that must be considered...

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