Modern Nuclear Warfare in Today's World
What Does Modern Nuclear Warfare Look Like in the 21st Century?
Is the face of modern nuclear warfare looking a lot like the face of the Cold War between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union? Take a closer look at the Middle East and it is pretty clear that a policy of mutually assured destruction is the threat that is keeping nations at bay. At the center of the nuclear activities in the Middle East lies Iran. In recent months, they have been installing anti-aircraft systems from Russia. At the same time, they are continuing their aggressive push toward developing their first nuclear weapon. It would appear as though Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends on using their nuclear weapon on Israel when he completed its development. Installing anti-aircraft defenses will prevent Israel from entering Iran airspace to launch an attack on any nuclear facilities. Modern nuclear warfare is very much alive and the threats from it are growing.
Israel the Target of Modern Nuclear Warfare
There is no doubt in the modern nuclear age that Israel is the target of so many of its neighbors. Iran, as mentioned, is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. It is alleged that Syria had nuclear facilities and it is known that they have biological weapons facilities. In September, 2007, Israel destroyed an alleged nuclear facility in the northeast of Syria. Back in 1981, Israel destroyed Saddam Hussein's Osirak reactor. Israel has always had to stay on top of what their neighbors are doing because they know a primary objective of many of their neighbors is to see them destroyed.
The Face of Modern Nuclear Warfare Worldwide
While it is clear that the Middle East is a hot bed of nuclear activity, it is not the only place around the world. Along with Iran, another rogue nation which currently has nuclear capabilities is North Korea. For years, North Korea has aided other countries in their nuclear programs, with Iran being one of them. North Korea has boasted that they have a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the Western shores of the United States. As a nation hostile to the U.S., North Korea is a threat to the possibility of modern nuclear warfare taking place.
In addition to North Korea, China has had nuclear weapons for years. They have recently targeted U.S. satellites with lasers, and conducted their own satellite shootdown, showing the world that they are capable of eliminating space-based assets. It was once thought that China's nuclear arsenal was not as advanced as those of other nations such as the U.S. and Russia. However, their recent activities are leading strategist to think otherwise. It is not known why China would choose to target U.S. satellites with lasers, but the assumption is that if there was ever a conflict between the U.S. and China, that one of the first things China would eliminate are the U.S. satellites. This would eliminate the advantage the U.S. has with these "eyes in the sky."
How does Russia figure into modern nuclear warfare? Russia has a great stockpile of nuclear weapons left over from the Cold War. They have also been engaged in helping nations such as Iran in their own quest to develop nuclear weapons. Russia has provided Iran with uranium, supposedly for peaceful purposes to be used in a reactor for energy. Russia has also provided Iran with anti-aircraft missiles, presumably to be used to stop Israeli forces from attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. Russia threatened to point nuclear missiles at Ukraine because they sought membership in NATO. Russia is demonstrating that they are not peaceful, and that they intend on having their hand in matters globally. If modern nuclear warfare does break out, it is likely that Russia may have a part in it in some form or another.
Read the article, "Middle East Going MAD?" to learn how modern nuclear warfare may have the same rules as it did during the Cold War. Will the policy of mutually assured destruction be the only restraint holding back countries with nuclear missiles. Will that be the only deterrent to modern nuclear warfare?