Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire casino magnate who spent more than $100 million in 2012 supporting Republican candidates, took part in a panel discussion at Yeshiva University about Iran’s nuclear program and said that he thinks we should nuke Iran immediately.
According to video obtained by Mondoweiss, Adelson scorned the current talks going on between the international community and Iran as not going nearly far enough to convince Iran not to acquire a nuclear weapon. “What are we gonna negotiate about?” Adelson scoffed, instead offering a much more direct method of convincing Iran to halt its enrichment activities.
“What I would say is, you see that desert out there? I wanna show you something,” Adelson can be heard saying on the video. “And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over a ballistic missile, in the middle of the desert.” Adelson claimed that this wouldn’t affect anyone, except “maybe a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever.” Despite that statement, a mapping of the fallout from the largest nuclear weapon the U.S. currently deploys, using the app NukeMap, shows that even a detonation in the middle of the desert would bring radiation to within 100 km of major Iranian cities.
This massive show of force, according to Adelson, would allow Americans to show resolve enough to make their next threat convincing. “Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran,’” Adelson said, advising that the Iranian capital with a population of 7 million people be placed under threat. “So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.”
I think advocating the use of nuclear weapons against a country on the hypothetical possibility that they might someday have the capability to do something bad should pretty much eliminate one’s credibility and right to be taken seriously as anything other than a madman.