Dr. Shaul Chorev is head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, and the Jerusalem Post, reporting on a speech he gave this week in Vienna, had a couple of paragraphs toward the end of the article that are quite unnerving:
Chorev also called on the international community to take steps to prevent the proliferation of nuclear components by Libya and Syria which are both facing growing instability to terrorist organizations.
“With the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime, and the volatile situation in Syria, efforts by the international community should be directed towards urgent counter-proliferation issues in these two countries,” he said.
“This worrisome situation in Libya and Syria is a fresh reminder of the need to work together to secure nuclear materials and to prevent illicit nuclear trafficking and terrorism.”
Notice his use of the word urgent. In other words, Dr. Chorev is worried that the instability associated with the Arab Spring could ultimately lead somewhere to a Nuclear Fall (as in the nuclear fall-out resulting from Islamic terrorists getting their hands on key nuclear components and later smuggling a nuclear bomb into an Israeli, European, or American city).
This has long been the joker in the historical deck, and, over the next decade, the likelihood that this card will get played somewhere in the world has to be at least 40%.
Think about that.
In addition to the human toll in lives, it’s impossible to accurately guess how the economic and political landscape will change after such an incident. We live in extraordinarily dangerous and uncertain times.
Hug your kitty.