VOA’s Susan Yackee spoke about such a scenario with Evan Braden Montgomery, a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
According to Montgomery, adding a nuclear component would, first of all, further destabilize an already unstable relationship between Iran and Israel. And it would, he believes, create a situation in which both countries would have an incentive to “strike first” in the event of a crisis, even despite the enormous potential cost.
Second, says Montgomery, a nuclear Iran could be emboldened to lend broader support to proxies in the region, such as Hezbollah and Hamas or forces in Afghanistan and Iraq intent on destabilizing the governments of those countries.
Asked whether deterrence in the case of Iran is a viable option, Montgomery says that it, along with containment seems to be emerging as the default option for dealing with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future.
He cautions, though, that this strategy might not work as well as it did between adversaries during the Cold War, when the U.S. had formal treaty arrangements with allies and hundreds of thousands of troops in Western Europe to deter a Soviet attack. Montgomery believes that such an arrangement would be impossible to replicate between the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East today.
Source; Voice of America Radio
During the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union disagreed on a lot, but they agreed on one basic point; it is better to be alive than dead.
The Shi’ite Moslem leaders of Iran wouldn’t necessarily agree with this idea. Their interpretation of the Koran has given them the idea that in order to save the world, it is necessary to destroy it. Setting the world on fire will force the appearance of the 12 Imam, very important messianic figure in Shi’ite Islam who will emerge from where he is “hidden” and usher in the final era of human history during which the world will unite in a perfect peace under the banner of Shi’ite Islam.
The Iranian leadership is EAGER to die in a war against the “infidel” Christians and Jews because they believe it will secure them a choice place in paradise. They also think that they will be doing the world a favor by starting a global conflagration by launching a nuclear war in the Middle East, because this is how they believe they will motivate the 12 Hidden Imam to appear on the world stage.
Needless to say, this is insane.
I have said before in this blog that it is impossible to argue with an insane ideology because you have no common frame of reference. The only possible response to this situation is to pray that God will strengthen the Bible Believing underground church in Iran, which is rumored to have over a million followers. They are the only hope for Iran, just as Jesus Christ is the only hope for the Human Race.
Written by Aaron