‘Israel reported to discuss joining nuke-free Mideast conference.’ Times of Israel: October 31, 2013
Well, this would seem to be a very welcome development, a positive sign in a part of the world where such steps forward have been taken at intervals that before were always extremely few and far between.
A nuke-free Middle East would certainly remove the potential for what could, one day, become ‘the sum of all fears,’ that of a radioactive dust-cloud engulfing the entire region and reaching many other points further afield.
But will it have much significance for the present situation, the one that has caused so much tension, death and destruction down all the years since the mid 20th century? There may be some lessening of a doom-laden apocalypse visiting the neighbourhood in the near future but what about the current crop of hostilities and incidents? Can these be stopped from perpetuating a very dangerous status quo, one that may now fetch up well short of nuclear warfare but is, nevertheless, a source of constant sorrow and possessed of almost limitless ‘conventional’ escalation?
Perhaps the concept of a ‘doomsday weapon’ is not really such a bad idea after all. But, as the final arbiter of what has long been in contention here, nuclear weapons might not seem the ideal solution. So what if there were a non-nuclear equivalent, something to be regarded with almost the same level of terrible foreboding but with no overtly lethal aspects attached to its overall application?
Not sure what the ‘break out’ period for the creation of such a ‘weapon’ might be but, since it won’t involve any centrifuges, uranium enrichment or sophisticated delivery systems, I feel sure that the actual time-frame must come well within the decision-making capabilities of most members in a species some may know as Homo and Femina Sapiens.