If Iran succeeds in its quest for nuclear weapons and bombs Israel, it would cause massive human casualties and destruction on a demonic scale that in turn could trigger a worldwide economic collapse.
According to researchers at Washington’s Center for Strategic & International Studies ….
The initial fireball accompanying a 100-kiloton nuclear bomb exploding in the heart of Tel Aviv will instantly kill 8,966 people and injure 3,243 more, say Anthony Cordesman and Abdullah Toukan.
But within three weeks, that death toll will soar to nearly 800,000 as a plume of radiation spreads across the country.
Given its tiny size and 7.2 million population, a single nuclear blast could devastate Israel.
It could “wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds,” Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said recently. The Iranians could “accomplish in a matter of seconds what they denied Hitler did, and kill six million Jews, literally.”
“Any missile with a nuclear warhead landing in Tel Aviv, Israel, will affect the West Bank, causing a large number of fatalities and injuries to the Palestinian inhabitants, pollute and contaminate the agricultural land and resources that lie in the Jordan Valley and, over the longer term, fallout radiation would reach the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, which is some 108 kilometres from Tel Aviv,” the study warns.
Retaliatory Israeli nuclear strikes, with higher-yield bombs and accurate rocket delivery systems, would be far more destructive.
A single 500-kiloton Israeli nuclear bomb dropped on Tehran would instantly kill 56,771 people and the death toll would soar to 1.47 million, with 5.1 million injured, within a week.
A full-fledged Israeli nuclear response, using some, but not all, of its 200 nuclear weapons, would target most major Iranian cities and major military bases. It would kill 16 million to 28 million people within three weeks.
Metropolitan Tehran, with a population of 15 million, is “a topographic basin with mountain reflector — nearly an ideal nuclear killing ground,” the study said.
With thousands of centrifuges spinning away to produce highly enriched uranium, Iran gets closer to owning nuclear weapons with each day that passes.
“I don’t see a lot of space between where Iran is headed and the potential of where that development might lead,” U. S. military chief Admiral Mike Mullen told a Washington think-tank recently. “My concern is that the clock continues ticking. I believe that Iran is very much focused on getting that capability. This is a very narrow space we have.”
Israel is said to be seriously looking at military ways to destroy or substantially degrade Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“Time is working in Iran‘s favor, and barring military action, Iran‘s possession of nuclear weapons is only a matter of time,” the Israeli Institute for National Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv said in a report two years ago.
Now, Israeli intelligence agencies predict Iran could have a nuclear weapon later this year or in 2010.