Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

What would happen if Iran got nuclear weapons?

And they will, unless the U.S. does something about it.

21 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    Short answer: Nothing.

    Longer answer. Every leader of a nuclear country knows that nobody can use nukes except in retaliation for a nuclear attack. Whoever uses nukes first loses. No nuclear nation can envision a scenario whereby they have anything to gain by the first use of nuclear weapons.

    That's why Pakistan hasn't used its nukes against India, or vice versa. Why North Korea hasn't used its nukes against any of its -many- enemies.

    I suppose terrorists might use them if they got their hands on them, since they have nothing really to lose. But we could easily tell from the radioactive 'signature' where those nukes came from, and that country would have a lot of explaining to do.

    Iran wisely spent its money on defensive, rather than offensive weapons. So (1) GW Bush couldn't bomb them even though he desperately wanted to, because they are too well defended and (2) they have shown neither the intention nor the capability to make trouble for any of their neighbors, or the US. Aside from some deliberately provocative rhetoric coming from Ahmadinejad.

  • Gadfly
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

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    "Iran's nuclear program presents a threat to international stability. Yet successive American administrations-Republican and Democratic alike-have misread the intentions and actions of the Iranian regime.

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    Iranium tracks Iran's use of terror as a tool of policy, beginning with the 444 day seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, through Iran's insurgent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Iranium details the brutal nature of the Iranian regime to its own citizens, and the Iranian people's desire to rejoin the international community.

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  • 9 years ago

    1. Iran is still years away from being able to create a a nuclear weapon

    2. If we don't stop them, Israel surely will

    3. There are ways of shutting down their nuclear capacity without bombing them (like our recent cyber attack)

    4. If they were to create nuclear weapons there is no way they would bomb us themselves. They are far too self-preservationist for that.

    5. There is a fair chance, however, that they could give a nuclear weapon to a terrorist group who would be willing to use it on us. That we do need to be worried about.

  • Jason
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Not much of anything really.

    Yah, they talk a lot of sh!t about wiping Israel off the map, but there's two big reasons why they can't.

    1. The Dome of the Rock: Its kinda a big deal for the Sunnis. If Shiite Iran destroyed it, the Sunnis would flip the f#ck out.

    2. The Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile System: Israel basically has a nuke umbrella. If Iran tried any funny stuff, Israel would fry their missiles over Syrian/Jordanian/Iraqi airspace. And that would also make the rest of the Arab world very pissed with Iran.

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  • 9 years ago

    Depending on the size of the payload and the range of the delivery system, at the very least they would hold the Middle East hostage and at the worst they would nuke Israel, Europe or possibly even find a way to deliver a warhead to the USA either via shipping container or fired from an offshore vessel. The problem is that the Government of Iran is evil and must be destroyed but most of the population are innocent bystanders. If they attack anyone with a nuke, we must respond with conventional warfare or end up killing many millions of innocent Iranians. If we have to go in with conventional means, one battlefield short range weapon from Iran can destroy a carrier group or large contingent of ground forces.

    It would be ugly. A clear case where an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.


  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Why is it always the US that has to do something about it? It seems to me there are nations much closer, with comparable military might that would have a more immediate interest in avoiding this prospect.

    I do agree though it's not a good thing. Iran's leaders have repeated threatened wiping Israel from the Earth... which is a country that has a formidable Nuclear arsenal as well.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Nothing much will happen. Israel has more. So Iran cannot threaten Israel with nuclear weapons. Beside, there is a chance Israel may bomb Iraq's nuclear sites with conventional bombs before Iran can build its first nuclear bomb.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The US government would treat them more like north korea, aka put up with more sh!t. the US government's foreign policy encourages countries they don't like to get nuclear arms. Think of all the sh!t north korea gets away with because they have nukes, why wouldn't Iran want to have nukes?

    As an american citizen I don't feel that Iran having nuclear weapons endangers me. Unless the US government uses it as an excuse to invade and drafts me and I get killed - that is the only way Iranian nukes are dangerous to americans.

  • 9 years ago

    Arab countries will feel a bit uneasy and Saudi will probably try to get nukes of they're own.

    Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar and Bahrain will probably try to take military action against Iran since many Arab countries have tense relations with Iran.

  • 9 years ago

    They "claim" they will wipe out Israel. All we know is what they promise they will do. Why do we ignore it. We would be next on the list....but Israel isn't that stupid.

    The Bible, however foretells a time when Israel is warned to "run for the hills"...and it sounds very like a nuclear holocaust...because the details are being in "the last days". It also describes 200 million marching up the Euphrates river which has dried up....well who do you know today that has 200 million troops?

    God is watching what the nations do to Israel and is keeping account!

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