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    • GeneG USA
    • 13.01.12 | 19:12 (IST)

    Iran’s nuclear weapon program should be halted if possible but not at all costs. First of all the goal of the program is to produce a nuclear weapon that would be small enough to fit on a long range missile. Iran already has a Pakistani missile that is too heavy to be useful. There is no guarantee that a bomb developed by Iran could be launched. N. Korea supposedly has demonstrated by a test that could have been faked that it has a nuclear weapon but there is no proof whatsoever that it could be used on a missile to attack S. Korea or Japan. In deference to the uncertainty N. Korea gets some concessions and respect from the US, but not much. Moreover, any use of a nuclear weapon by N. Korea would lead to the virtual complete destruction of N. Korea with a population of 24 million. The US could do no less than respond to a nuclear response despite the enormous loss in lives it would entail. The fact that the US, Russia, Britain, France and China and probably Israel have thermonuclear weapons only enhances the probability that a nuclear bomb would never be used by anyone except in a response mode. Consequently doom and gloom about Iran’s program is not warranted. Iran’s population of almost 75 million is the hostage that guarantees Iran would never use the weapon. However, having the weapon gives Iran enormous prestige and the country is desperately in need of prestige. I believe the small risk that things could go awry justifies the effort to force them to end their program, but it would not be a complete disaster for Israel if Iran succeeded.

    from the article: A cease-and-desist policy, for now
    First published 06:02 13.01.12 | Last updated 06:02 13.01.12
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