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    • Brad
    • 31.12.10 | 00:23 (IST)

    No. No one is threatening to wipe out Iran without provocation. Israel does not have a goal of liquidating Iran and Iranians have not historically been the target of genocide. The point is simple and justifiable. Its one of deterrence. If anyone takes steps that will wipe out Israel, they will pay for it with the lives of their citizens and most likely the very existence and viability of their state as a place where people are capable of living. In short the potential use of nukes, in Israel's hands, is all about self defence. A testimony to the credibility of this limited intended use is the fact that Israel has been willing to lose its soldiers, in wars started by Arabs, rather than use its big weapon. The worry, and its a legitimate worry, is that many Arab states, and certainly Iran, would not show the same restraint.

    from the article: U.K. envoy said Israel ready to use nuclear bomb in 1980, newly released cables reveal
    First published 21:04 30.12.10 | Last updated 21:04 30.12.10
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