http://news.yahoo.com/israel-test-fi...XN0Aw--;_ylv=3JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel successfully test-fired on Wednesday a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran, fanning a public debate over whether the country's leaders are agitating for a military attack on Tehran's atomic facilities.
While Israeli leaders have long warned that a military strike was an option, the most intensive round of public discourse on the subject was ignited over the weekend by a report in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper that said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak favor an attack.
http://news.yahoo.com/israel-specula...XN0Aw--;_ylv=3Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking cabinet support for a military strike on Iran, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday, after days of speculation about plans for an attack.
This presents a scary scenario as Iran has its nuclear enrichment facilities, the probably target of an Israeli attack, scattered all over the country with some being underground, such as at Isfahan, which are hardened against conventional attacks including the “block buster” bombs that the United States has previously furnished to Israel. The only possible attack that would be successful is a nuclear attack.
So what would the US and other nuclear weapons nations authorized by the NPT do in the event of Israel starting a nuclear war against Iran?
The five nations that are authorized under the NPT to have nuclear weapons have an obligation to the entire world to ensure that any rogue nuclear weapon nation does not start a nuclear war. We cannot allow a nuclear war by any nations and those nations which are authorized to have nuclear weapons must, by all reasonable standards, respond to any nuclear attack with a nuclear response against the attacking nation. I can see no other options available. If the authorized nuclear weapons nations do not respond with nuclear force then nothing prevents any nation from starting a nuclear war.
Will the US, China, Britain, France and Russia respond with nuclear force if Israel initiates a nuclear war against Iran? That is unquestionably what they would need to do if we are to prevent any nation from starting a nuclear war. And we cannot allow Israel or any other nation to start a nuclear war. The same criteria of “mutually assured destruction” which prevented a nuclear war between the former USSR and the US needs to be in place. If Israel starts a nuclear war in must face the consequences of its total annihilation by a nuclear response. We cannot allow Israel or any nation to use nuclear weapons, period.
Israel must be warned that any nuclear attack on any nation for any reason is unacceptable and will result in nuclear retalliation against Israel. This matter is way above any other political considerations. Nuclear wars simply can't be allowed and the threat must be real if we are to avoid the total destruction of all life on Earth through nuclear war.