The Israelis have long had nuclear weapons, and in recent years have equipped German-build diesel submarines with missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons. Moreover the U.S. has not only threatened to use such weapons in the Middle East but is now building a new generation of tactical nukes to use when conventional bombs won't quite do the job. Plus of course the Americans have already declared Iran to be part of the 'axis of evil' and the Israelis have repeatedly and quite publicly at times threatened to attack Iran. What this all means at this point is that the year ahead, 2005, is likely to be decisive when it comes to the arms race in the Middle East. The U.S. may strike, or Israel may strike with covert U.S. help and overt political cover. Or...world affairs might be such that no one will be able to quite pull the trigger, or the ability to actually take out Iran's nuclear capabilities at this point may not really be there, or the dangers of a worldwide explosion of anger against Israel and the U.S. may just be too great. Whatever, another moment of reckoning is now approaching.