The contention that Israel should attack Iran to disrupt its nuclear program means, of course, that Iran is justified in bombing Israel and the United States, which actually have nuclear weapons, run assassination, bombing cyberwarfare and intelligence programs against Iranian scientists and are the most bellicose nations on earth.
It is dangerous and foolish to encourage countries to bomb Israel and the United States. Similar proclamations against Iran can only occur in an environment of such hysterical jingoism that making the same arguments with respect to Israel that are incessantly made with respect to Iran (e.g., "Iran Must Bomb Israel Before It Is Too Late," "The USA Must Cease Its Nuclear Program or Face Economic Sanctions") is so far off the spectrum of reasonable discussion as to be insane.
The lies and cheerleading for America and its few allies bombing any country in the world at any time are Orwellian.
As for the cited New York Times author's lies that Israel defensively bombed Iraq's nuclear facilities at Osirak in 1981, the Chairman of the Department of Physics at Harvard, who has been at Harvard since 1955, inspected the facility and writes that he:
"discovered that the activities at the time (including the OSIRAK reactor) were peaceful, and could be monitored. He constantly reminds people that the Iraqi nuclear program before 1981 was peaceful, and the OSIRAK reactor was not only unsuited to making bombs but was under intensive international safeguards. The 1981 bombing of this reactor did not delay Iraq's nuclear bomb program. On the contrary it started it. Either the President and Congress deliberately misled the American people in 2002-3 or they stupidly ignored experts who knew. This is a lesson people must learn. It might happen again with Iran unless we speak out to stop warmongers."
As to the potential effect of a war on Iran:
"We estimate that almost 655,000 people— 2.5% of the population in the study area—have died in Iraq."
Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey. Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, Shannon Doocy, and Les Roberts. The Lancet, October 11, 2006.