An attack on the ammonia tank would have been a random event, but a potentially lethal one. I agree with Bar Hefetz, but some response would be better than no response. Shelter in place could have saved many lives. Having forces capable of spreading the word and restricting travel into the down wind area could have saved more lives. "Moreover, an Israel Air Force base and technical school near the tank were almost completely evacuated during the war, aside from essential personnel, and the Home Front Command's rescue squad was stationed in the school instead. " - Haaretz And that is an indictment of a government willing to risk thousands, or tens of thousands, of citizens for the sake of propaganda.
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