The dirty secret of the atom bomb is that it is a "peace maker", as in "blessed be the peacemakers".
How do I know that?
From direct personal experience, that's how...
I owe my life to the atomic bomb and I'm certainly not alone.
I think my whole (boomer) generation owe our lives to the atomic bomb...
My whole generation would have been drafted in both countries and the ensuing "conventional" war would have been even more brutal than WWII.
More brutal, why?
Because if we compare the conventional weapons that the Americans used in Vietnam and the Soviets used in Afghanistan with what both sides used in WWII (compare the M1 to the M16), millions of us on both sides would have died (probably me included).
So, I for one think that I owe my long and heretofore happy life directly to the proliferation of the atomic bomb.
It should be underlined that Iran's having the bomb does not mean they will ever use it. Persians are very sensible folk. A people like the Persians don't exist for thousands of years because of lemming tendencies.
What an Iranian bomb will mean is that the Israelis, for example, will not be able to periodically destroy half of Lebanon or massacre Palestinians in Gaza with impunity, as is their wont.
In an "bi" or "multi" lateral atomic Middle East something that brutal could spin out of control.
I remember with what care and caution the Soviet Union and the USA regarded each other.
What do you call an 800 pound gorilla?When you stop and think about it, MAD (mutually assured destruction) is a rather beautiful thing.
It remains to be seen if the Israelis can lay down their "white man's burden" and deal with their neighbors without "gunboat diplomacy"... that is really what this issue is all about. That is what all the urgency is really about.
Proliferation means the end of colonialism: Sitting Bull gets the Gatling Gun. DS