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Israel can eliminate Iran's threat, using conventional weapons.

Reader comment on item: How Much Can Air Power Achieve?
in response to reader comment: Dan is right but only for conventional air power

Submitted by Michael S (United States), May 15, 2015 at 12:19

Hello, Yussuf

What you said is technically true: Israel could effectively end Iran's nuclear weapons program, by itself using nuclear weapons. If Israel were in imminent danger of a nuclear attack, this might be a necessary option, part of a general "Samson" response. That is not Israel's aim, though. Rather, they want to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program in its tracks so that such drastic actions are not necessary.

Israel can put a permanent stop to Iran's program, using conventional weapons. The key to doing so, is realizing that the nuclear weapons production process is a long chain, with each link dependent on the one preceding it. Israel simply needs to destroy key links; and as soon as these are repaired, it needs to come back and destroy the same or other key links. After a few rounds of this, the Iranians ought to get the message that they're beaten, and turn their attention to more peaceful and profitable pursuits.

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