- Dec 2012
And why would these countries look to Russia for protection? Why wouldn't these countries just create their own nuclear weapons?Without US protection, they'd have reason to be fearful, as China could strike at them even without invading. Russia retains its nuclear aresenal and could provide a new “nuclear umbrella.”
But Russia and China already have influence in the ME and part of that influence is predicated on their relations (which include military and economic ties) with Israel.I already indicated why in my previous post—to gain influence in a vitally important part of the world. Russia has sought this for 70 years. Without any US to restrain Israel if necessary, the Arabs would have to turn to some other state for protection, and most likely Russia or China. But neither is really in a position to match Israeli conventional strength locally, so for their promises of protection to be credible they’d have to include n bombs.
And the thought that Russia or China would use nuclear weapons on Israel should it attack one of it's neighbors isn't logical, it's preposterous.