reply to post by SpeachM1litant
So you honestly think a state (Iran) that most observers recognise that while it is some-what of a pariah state it still acts rationally (in terms of
self survival) would risk their own destruction by Israels nuclear stockpile, to detonate a nuclear bomb?
You think Israel has the capability to destroy Iran??
Iran is roughly 74 times the size of Israel. This is what Iran would have to do to eliminate Israel. Roughly 3/4's of Israels population lives in the
Northern, Haifa, Central and Tel Aviv districts.
That is the light blue, light brown, dark brown and blue areas.
Israel economic heartland is located in these areas. Much of it's governmental and military facilities are located in these areas.
A nuclear bomb on average has a blast radius of 5.6 km. In Tel Aviv, with it's 1,2 million Jews, and it's 4 km breadth from east to west, one
nuclear bomb exploded in this vicinity would critically damage Israel's military apparatus i.e. its ability to respond.
At the very most, Israel would retaliate with their own nuclear strike, which would leave minimal - almost negligible - damage on Iran's government.
Yes, millions would be killed, but in a country with 80 million people, that can be easily absorbed.
The difference is this: one attack against Israel would incapacitate it, while one attack against Iran could be absorbed.
You don't think Iran knows this?? Are you so cocky as to think that Iran - ruled by a fundamentalist shi'ite regime - is afraid of self sacrifice??
We know full well what lengths Islamists will go to defeat their enemies. They kill themselves in suicide attacks. Such an attack on Israel would be a
massive suicide operation, in which the numbers killed on both sides would be roughly commensurate.
In Irans eyes, this is a win situation. Iran bombs Israel, Israel bombs Iran. Iran is too big to be dealt a death blow by an Israeli strike - even if
it is many - while Israel is too small to overcome even one nuclear blast in their economic heartland.
It would mean the end of Iran, not simply because Israel would retaliate, but because the US would too.
Are you daft or something? Do you ignore information like "Shi'ite Islam believes that a state of chaos - armageddon - will precede the coming of
the Islamic Messiah"???
Look at what the Hadiths - which guides Islamic jurisprudence - predict before the end of days. Look at how many articles have already been met:
The vast majority of people who profess to be Muslim will be so only in name despite their practice of Islamic rites and it will be they who make
war with the Mahdi.
Before his coming will come the red death and the white death, killing two thirds of the world's population. The red death signifies violence and
the white death is plague. One third of the world's population will die from the red death and the other third from the white death.
Several figures will appear: the one-eyed Antichrist (Masih ad-Dajjal), the Al-Harth, Al-Mansur, Shuaib bin Saleh and the Sufyani.
There will be a great conflict in the land of Syria, until it is destroyed.
Death and fear will afflict the people of Baghdad and Iraq. A fire will appear in the sky and a redness will cover them.
Portents of the Imam Mahdi
Now, its irrelevant what you and I think about this. This is what Shi'ite Islam believes. And it is quite frightening that many of these portents
already exist: Islamic internecine fighting implies article 1) are Muslim only in name; there is currently great conflict - civil war - in Syria,
fulfilling article 4); death and fear I would say has been gripping the people of Iraq since the beginning of the Iraq war, fulfilling article 5).
3 of the 5 articles are already present in our geopolitical reality. Whats left is this nebulous idea of the one eyed antichrist - which I'm sure
some contemporary or future political figure could be labelled; and 2/3rds of the world population getting killed. Which Iran could facilitate by
starting a nuclear war.
Why you take this so lightly is beyond me. It is extremely serious.