Iran Attack: 80,000 Casualties from Exposure to Radiation
October 5, 2012
A report released by the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah delves into the human and environmental consequences of an Israeli military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
“In our assessment, it is highly likely that the physical and thermal casualties as the result of the strikes will exceed 5,000 personnel at the nuclear sites. The secondary civilian casualties as a result of exposure to the release of toxic and radioactive materials could increase this number to over 80,000 citizens,” the executive summary states.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranian civilians will be “exposed to highly toxic chemical plumes and, in the case of the destruction of operational reactors, radioactive fallout in Arak and Bushehr.”
Afshin Molavi, an Iran expert and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, told Golnaz Esfandiari, a senior correspondent with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, that the study covers a topic rarely broached in the discussion about Israel and the U.S. attacking Iran over its perceived nuclear weapons program.
“People talk very callously about the prospect of military strikes, and they frame it in the geopolitical fallout, the geo-economic fallout, what will happen to the oil price and all of these issues. But nobody has ever talked about the humanitarian consequences of a military strike on Iran,” Molavi said. “Those humanitarian consequences are grave, so I think this report fills a very important vacuum. It needs to be read by policy makers at the highest levels in Western governments; it needs to be read in Israel; it needs to be read all over the world.”