Nuclear ambiguity is interesting.
It allows you a lot of flexibility in regards to Sun Tzu’s most famous admonition:
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.Â
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War
In terms of nuclear weapons, Israel sits at the dividing line.Â She seems both far AND near – weak and, at the same time, strong.
True, Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert ‘hinted’Â at Israel’s ability to destroy Iran.Â But, they didn’t go so far as to give concrete evidence.
All it takes is an underground nuclear weapons test, and theÂ ‘cat is out of the bag’.
Israel wants theÂ outraged feline to STAY in the bag, while reaping the benefits of having theÂ catterwauling kitty, in the first place. Israel WANTS to be able to play tapes of feline rage whileÂ claiming that there’s nobody here, but us chickens.Â
We’ve certainly had plenty of hints and allegations about Israel’s nuclear abilities, and I believe that they DO have those nuclear weapons.
I just don’t want to KNOW.