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Iran's leaders may be insane, and probably are by some definitions but. .

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Submitted by Sully (United States), May 19, 2006 at 02:11

The mere development of nuclear weapons will not make Iran an existential threat to the U.S. or even to Israel. After they develop a crude nuclear device they will have to weaponize it, mass produce it and mate it with delivery systems.

At any stage of that process Israel can eliminate the threat completely and for decades in hours if it but has the will. At any stage of the process the U.S. can eliminate the threat and all possibility of future threat from an area several hundred miles in diameter within a matter of 30 minutes if it but has the will.

Once having developed a nuclear weapon the Iranians can cause significant damage to the US or Israel, or it can threaten in order to achieve some objective; but if they do cause significant damage, or if they utter a credible threat both the US and Israel will quickly find the will.

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