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Originally posted by AceWombat04
Not to mention, possession of a weapon wouldn't make sense in the context of the confidence people equate to a sense of invulnerability. If you possess a nuclear weapon, you don't say, "We will resist, we will continue our nuclear research," etc. You use it for what it's best at - deterrence. You say, "We have possession of a nuclear weapon and are willing to use it if necessary." That would virtually ensure their invulnerability to attack, except perhaps air strikes based on extremely reliable and specific intelligence which would have to be up to date to, potentially, within the hour.
I don't buy the "he's insane so we can't expect him to act like a normal head of state" rationale. I'm not telepathic, so I can't say for certain that he doesn't really want to "wipe Israel off the map," but I can say with relative certainty that he doesn't want to get Iran wiped off the map.