Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies
by Mehdi Sarram, PE
GM Books

"The governments, in general, lie, deceive, cheat and demonstrate hypocritical behavior."

Sarram, a leading expert in the field of nuclear safety, offers an in-depth look at international intrigue among the so-called Nuclear Club. He’s well-qualified to do so, having worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He starts, somewhat shockingly, with a look at Israel’s attack on Iraq’s nuclear facilities in 1981. The attack was in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Years later, Israel again attacked a nuclear facility, this time in Syria. Both facilities were IAEA-approved. This material sets the stage for a closer look at international deception regarding nuclear proliferation in Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, and the U.S.

Sarram’s work is intellectually stimulating for readers who are well-versed in this subject area, yet it also provides sufficient background material for readers who are less familiar with nuclear proliferation. His coverage of the NPT and the Iran-Contra Affair are particularly compelling, and curious readers will appreciate the inclusion of original source material scattered throughout the book. Although the average person would probably agree that nuclear warfare and brinkmanship politics are both frightening prospects, it is perhaps less probable to establish a consensus regarding the proportion of blame that may be attributed to international players. For this reason, Sarram’s magnus opus should be viewed as an enlightening perspective, yet it is certainly not the only source of information one should consider. For example, outside research indicates that other leading experts believe that, although Israel’s attack on Iraq proved ineffective, Saddam Hussein would have likely obtained a nuclear bomb by the mid-1990s, had it not been for the Gulf War. Regardless of the conclusions a reader might reach, it’s clear that when science and industry combine with politics and cold warfare, the results can be terrifying.

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