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Eight Reasons why Containment is not an Option with Iran

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, and Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak talking about Iran's nuclear program at Iron Dome stie near Ashkelon, Aug. 1, 2012.
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A nuclear armed Iran could in future use the same network to deliver dirty bombs filled with explosives and radioactive material to any of these terror entities. It could also plant an unconventional explosive on a ship, and send it sailing to any port in the world.

8. Future Iranian threats of annihilation against Israel that are backed atomic bomb capabilities could seriously harm Israel’s economy, scare away foreign investors, and place Israel’s civilian population under an intolerable threat. The threat itself becomes a strategic problem when backed by nuclear capabilities. Israelis having to wake up to images of nuclear tests in Iran, followed by a speech by Ali Khamenei about the need to remove “the cancer of Israel” would regrettably have to cope with unacceptable and levels of anxiety that would most likely be impossible to sustain.

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Yaakov Lappin is a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, where he covers police and national security affairs, and author of the book The Virtual Caliphate. He is also a visiting fellow at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.


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