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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 07.04.07 | 06:24 (IDT)

    The Arabs make much of their flimsy projection that one or two nuclear hits would finish Israel. In the first place, the damage done to Hiroshima/Nagasaki reflected their thin wooden dwellings, which lacked shelters. Israelis live in rebar-reinforced concrete and stone buildings, with excellent underground shelters, so the article estimates are off by a factor of 3-4. The best way to deter Iran from attacking with a bomb as soon as they have one is to cedibly threaten that the response will be the death of 80% of Iran's civilian population in the 1st hour, easily achieved with fewer than 40 warheads. And make clear that any unconventional (ABC) attack on Israel will result in the Al Aksa shrines being dynamited and the (surviving) Palestinians being booted across the Jordan unless the Arab world pays for all the damage within 72 hours. Credible threats, not anti-missiles, prevented nuclear attack for the 50 years of the Cold War. Yet another reason to dump Peretz and Olmert.

    from the article: What it means if the button is pushed
    First published 00:00 05.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.04.07
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