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Nuclear Mullahs - Bill Keller, New York Times
Despite the incendiary rhetoric, it is hard to believe the aim of an Iranian nuclear program is the extermination of Israel. The regime in Iran is brutal, mendacious and meddlesome, and given to spraying gobbets of Hitleresque bile at the Jewish state. But Israel is a nuclear power, backed by a bigger nuclear power. Before an Iranian mushroom cloud had bloomed to its full height over Tel Aviv, a flock of reciprocal nukes would be on the way to incinerate Iran. Iran may encourage fanatic chumps to carry out suicide missions, but there is not the slightest reason to believe the mullahs themselves are suicidal.
Iran_Nuclear_Bomb  Mutually_Assured_Destruction  Deterrence 
september 2012 by jrick
The Point of No Return - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president’s dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel’s very existence. In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here’s an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides—and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.
Israel_Iran  U.S._Foreign_Policy_Iran  U.S._Foreign_Policy_Israel  Benjamin_Netanyahu  Mutually_Assured_Destruction  Nuclear_Proliferation  Nuclear_Terrorism 
august 2010 by jrick

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