BBC WS radio history programme ‘Witness’ describes itself as providing audiences with “the story of our times told by the people who were there”. Its June 9th edition – presented by Louise Hidalgo – was devoted to promoting the notion that the Iraqi nuclear weapons programme began after – and because of – the Israeli airstrike on the Osirak reactor in 1981.
The synopsis to the promoted podcast reads:
The synopsis to the online version of the programme reads:
“In June 1981 Israeli war planes destroyed Iraq’s new, French-built nuclear reactor. Two senior Iraqi nuclear scientists, who were in Baghdad that day, tell Witness how the world’s first air strike against a nuclear plant would trigger Iraq’s secret programme to acquire nuclear weapons.”
In Hidalgo’s introduction, listeners heard the following:
“Today we’re going back to June 1981 when the Israelis attacked and destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor –…
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