There’s a nuclear power in the world that’s threatening to use its arsenal unilaterally, and it’s not Iran. Israel leaked to the Sunday Times that it might engage in a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran.
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.
Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.
The United States is engaging in a policy of appeasement, but not of the Arab world. Instead of branding Israel a rogue nation too irresponsible to be allowed to have nuclear weapons, the US keeps giving it economic aid it doesn’t need and military aid it doesn’t deserve. The US funds the IDF, whose annual budget is $9.4 billion, to the tune of $2.4 billion a year.
Like Zimbabwe, Israel has used its loaded history to guilt the rest of the world to let it commit atrocities. Mugabe complains of racism whenever someone criticizes his mob rule; Israel complains of anti-Semitism whenever someone criticizes the occupation.
In a better world, Pelosi would choke off funding to Israel until it delivered some sort of no first strike guarantee. In the real world, Congress is doing exactly nothing to stop the sending of US taxpayer money to rogue nations. A North Korea-style aid for non-aggression agreement could work, but right now the US is sending money to Israel without asking for anything in return.
Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly unlikely to give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said Israel would have to seek approval “after the event”, as it did when it crippled Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981.
In other words, the US won’t give explicit approval for it, so Israel will do it anyway and tell the US, “We’ve done it; now, keep giving us money.” To pretend the US won’t be complicit because of that misses the point. Olmert had no trouble refusing to negotiate with Syria because Bush branded it an enemy; if Bush made it sufficiently clear that over his dead body would an ally use nuclear weapons first, Olmert would resile from the threat.
Incidentally, the people who’ll suffer the most if Israel attacks Iran will be the Israelis. Rhetoric about destroying Iran’s nuclear capability aside, Israel’s recent military history suggests it will leave a significant nuclear contingent intact.
There’s nothing wrong with developing nuclear weapons for a second strike or as a defensive maneuver against advancing enemy troops. Although the US did at several points contemplate a first strike against the Soviet Union, it never made explicit threats; rather, it considered it as an option in meetings behind closed doors. And for all of Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, neither Khamenei nor he has ever suggested using nuclear weapons offensively against Israel.