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Tactical Nukes

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Submitted by Zan (Australia) (Australia), Mar 6, 2012 at 22:42

Unfortunately, the hardened enrichment facility at Fordow which is built inside a mountain is very hard for the Israelis to penetrate in one strike. In this case the only option would be multiple sorties using GPS guided bunker busters to soften up the target to create a deep hole, then dropping a tactical nuclear device and/or insert special forces on the ground to place a tactical nuclear weapon inside the mountain.

However, I believe that using a tactical nuclear weapon would be a last resort as it would cross too many red lines - breaking Israel's promise not to be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the region, plus the global outcry at being the first country to use offensive nuclear weapons in 60 years with the risk of civilian fallout on the holy city of Qom. Everyone in a 20km radius over the next 50 years to develop cancer would sue the State of Israel, members of the IDF and drag them through overseas courts and the ICC.

Most importantly, detonating a tactical nuke would mask any particles that would prove that Iran enriched Uranium past the 20% mark, therefore allowing Iran to continue their policy of deniability.

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