Tehran - Is Israel worth the destruction of the American nation? This is the main question many Americans are asking themselves these days while the US is in the midst of a confrontation with Iran, Syria and many other Muslim nations.

An Israeli official recently said that Zionists' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorize a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities - a discussion that comes as Israel successfully tests a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran.

Pakistan, an Islamic country with its own eschatologies, is estimated to have around 100 nuclear warheads. Israel, or better to say the Occupied Palestine a country the size of New Jersey, has, by some estimates, at least 200 nuclear warheads and perhaps as many as 400, some of which are certainly hydrogen (thermonuclear) bombs.

Everyone in the US should read Charles Pellegrino's excellent book The Last Train from Hiroshima, to understand the immediate devastation wrought by nuclear bombs about 1/5000th the size of the 50 megaton (that's 50 million tons of TNT) thermonuclear "Tsar Bomba" that the Soviet Union detonated over extreme north central Russia on Oct. 30, 1961. That explosion broke windows 1,000 miles away in Finland, flattened everything within 50 miles, and blinded anyone looking at the explosion within 400 miles. Israel no doubt has weapons of, or approaching, this size. So does China, and Russia, and the US.

President George Washington warned in his farewell address:

"(A) passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation." (Emphasis added)

"Is Israel worth risking the destruction of our country and world civilization," Elgin Baylor asks in a commentary.

"Armageddon," after all, is not written in stone, and was most probably inspired in the Bible's book of Revelation by the destruction of Pompeii in 79. Shall we be destroyed because of ancient fatalist political mind control bolstered by absurd threats of eternal damnation? Armageddon is fantasy, not fact. Not yet anyway," Baylor adds.

"The aftermath of nuclear war can be survived. Witness Hiroshima today. It's the explosions that cannot be survived. A 50-megaton thermonuclear warhead exploded at 2,000 feet would level Philadelphia and everything around it for dozens of miles, blinding everyone from Boston to Washington, D.C., who saw the explosion," Baylor says.

"China has an extensive civil defense system capable of sheltering millions for up to a year or more. The USA does not have any similar civil defense shelters, except for military and other power elite," Baylor concludes.

Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, but its allies have. Take Pakistan for example, a staunch Muslim ally of Tehran, which is these days growingly hostile to the US after the US-led NATO forces killed hundreds of Pakistani citizens for no crime, including 28 soldiers this weekend.

Americans should realize what they are stepping into!