The Nuclear Holocaust To Come?

Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael Oren have written a comprehensive, frightening article on Iran.  In it they note that Yitzhak Rabin’s acceptance of Oslo was meant to remove the inner ring threat to Israel, to neutralize it, so Israel could prepare for and face the threat of a nuclear Iran. The US under President Clinton did not believe Iran had a military nuclear program. It did and still does. (The authors note that Israeli defense officials began calling George Tennant’s CIA – which insisted that Iran was peaceable and had no military nuclear program – the CPIA, the Central Politicized Intelligence Agency.)

The main message here besides the threat itself and the potential Israeli response is that Rabin tried to remove the Palestinians from Iran’s orbit. He may very well have succeeded in this if the Clinton Administration had forced the PLO to comply with the agreements signed. It did not do so. That led to increasing chaos, the eventual Israeli-enforced isolation of Arafat, and the anarchy we see now.

But Rabin’s goal was good and his attempt to achieve it understandable. One can only hope fringe elements of Israeli society – especially the settlers and their insane "sanhedrin," Chabad, haredim, and the extreme right – can stop focusing on their parochial concerns and instead focus on the real threat – a nuclear Holocaust launched by Iran.

For his part, leftist historian Benny Morris thinks the end is near. His terrifying take on Iran can be read here.

UPDATE — Bernard Lewis on Iran:

…The Cold War philosophy of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), which prevented the former Soviet Union and the United States from using the nuclear weapons they had targeted at each other, would not apply to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, said Lewis.

"For him, Mutual Assured Destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement," said Lewis of Ahmadinejad. "We know already that they [Iran’s ruling ayatollahs] do not give a damn about killing their own people in great numbers. We have seen it again and again. If they kill large numbers of their own people, they are doing them a favor. They are giving them a quick, free pass to heaven. I find all that very alarming," said Lewis.…

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3 responses to “The Nuclear Holocaust To Come?

  1. D

    Left unsaid in Morris’ analysis is that Israel has a powerful trump card; a very potent doomsday scenario.

    Basically, Israel has a few submarines with nuclear-tipped missiles at sea at any given moment. If these missiles are directed at Persian Gulf oil installations the entire global oil supply is at risk of complete disruption. So, if Iran launches a preemptive strike at Israel the remaining subs unload at wellheads, pipelines, storage facilities and shipping terminals around the Gulf region; effectively destroying 70% of global oil output and rendering it inaccessible for several months at least. During that period the global economy grinds to a total standstill. Western nations will basically starve to death when produce cannot be shipped from farm country to the population centers.

    Hopefully the Zeropeans and the navel-gazers in Washington realize this as they prevaricate over Iran’s intentions. Admittedly, I have little confidence in Ehud Olmert’s government to get such a message across credibly.

  2. Anonymous

    Doomsday Bullshit!

    Don’t let these guys sell you this wild scenario – they are nothing but a of scare mongers.

    They are provoking the situation so that it escalates, and as such creating the excuse to further isolate Iran and then topple it’s Government.

    There are no Iranian nukes!

    Stop scaring everyone – you all know the story about the boy who cried wolf to many times.

    How gullible can one be.

  3. Harold

    In the 1970’s the neocons claimed that the USSR was planning to fight and win a nuclear war. Why? Because the Soviet Union had won World War II despite the loss of 20 million people. What were 20 million dead to the Soviet leaders if they could defeat the United States in a nuclear war, right?

    In the words of General George Patton: “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

    The Iranians understand this. They have no intention of ruling over a radioactive wasteland.

    Conclusion: USSR, Iraq, Iran=same blather.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I will not be fooled a third time. Three strikes and we’re all out.

    Btw, they signed a cease fire with Iraq in 1988. Why didn’t they keep fighting when the Iraqis were turning so many Iranian soldiers into matyrs?

    The Iraqis were doing the Iranians soldiers a great favor by sending them to heaven so the Iranians should have rejected the cease fire and allowed the war to grind on. So many matyrs getting their 72 virgins, right?

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