Yesterday, an American mechanical engineer for a US Army weapons center was arrested for disclosing classified defense information to none other than our own allies, the Israelis.
Ben-Ami Kadish is being accused of acting as an illegal agent (read: spy) for the Israelis from 1979 to 2008 without notifying anyone in the US Attorney General’s office. Between 1979 and 1985, it is alleged that Kadish took classified documents to his home in New Jersey where his contact (code named CC-1) would photograph the sensitive material. One of the documents contained restricted information concerning nuclear weaponry.
Even more interesting, are rumors that are circulating concerning Israel’s current nuclear capabilities. Mordechai Vanunu, who has been imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years for treason, was convicted for telling a British newspaper in 1986 about his work as a technician at Israel’s main atomic reactor. This was the first time anyone was willing to come forward with physical proof of Israel’s nuclear assets. It gets trickier, just read more.
To this day, Israel will not officially admit to having the Middle East’s only nuclear weapons under a policy called “strategic ambiguity.” Of the eight nuclear states, only five are legal under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Three, India, Pakistan, and Israel have not signed the NPT. In fact, there are about 29,000 warheads in the world. It would take a lot of ducking and covering to withstand that kind of blast.
Is it even possible for some countries to have nuclear weapons while some don't? Can anyone control it? What do you think is the effect of Israel being the only nuclear state in the Middle East? If the capability for the weaponry already exists, is it even possible to get rid of them now? Should we try?