Bernard Lewis explains why MAD doesn’t work with Iranian Leadership

During the Cold War, both sides possessed weapons of mass destruction, but neither side used them, deterred by what was known as MAD, mutual assured destruction. Similar constraints have no doubt prevented their use in the confrontation between India and Pakistan. In our own day a new such confrontation seems to be looming between a nuclear-armed Iran and its favorite enemies, named by the late Ayatollah Khomeini as the Great Satan and the Little Satan, i.e., the United States and Israel. Against the U.S. the bombs might be delivered by terrorists, a method having the advantage of bearing no return address. Against Israel, the target is small enough to attempt obliteration by direct bombardment.

It seems increasingly likely that the Iranians either have or very soon will have nuclear weapons at their disposal, thanks to their own researches (which began some 15 years ago), to some of their obliging neighbors, and to the ever-helpful rulers of North Korea. The language used by Iranian President Ahmadinejad would seem to indicate the reality and indeed the imminence of this threat.

Would the same constraints, the same fear of mutual assured destruction, restrain a nuclear-armed Iran from using such weapons against the U.S. or against Israel?

  • Excellent analysis.

    The democrats should read this. And they need know that their man Obama is setting the stage for this Islamic apocalyptic event.

    • Just a thought

      That presumes they care, which for most of them I doubt. Alternatively, some might care if they had any critical thinking ability, other than to be critical of anyone who disagrees with them.

  • Achmed

    Barack Hussein Obama is our Mahdi who will help to destroy Israel and bring about the Caliphate until the end times.

    • Just a thought

      They think the 12th Imam was lost down a well, when in fact it was really a sand trap.