Prickly Iranian president and great friend of America, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is claiming that Iranian scientists have enriched plutonium to a fissionable level. Hopefully the little dictator is talking out of his Ascot.
If it is true, it doesn’t take too much imagination to wonder what a man who publicly calls for the obliteration of Israel will want to do with his nuclear technology. During the Cold War, many people around the world lived in the daily (if vague) fear of a nuclear exchange. This fear was tempered, however, by the idea that the Soviets (yesteryear’s supervillain) were rational actors, and that the thought of mutually assured destruction (MAD) kept both Soviet and American fingers clear of their respective red buttons.
Now, even this tiny balm is lost to us. It’s no longer clear that the mullocracy is capable of acting rationally.