Adelson Suggests Using a Nuclear Weapon Against Iran
According to video taken and posted 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.”