Yesterday”s New York Times finally broke the story of 2010. The gravest threat to world peace since the fall of the Soviet Union has been temporarily vanquished by a….. wait for it…… computer virus. The Stuxnet virus finally gained its rightful place in the pantheon of world peace activists when the Times spotlighted its extraordinary success in reversing the momentum of the Iranian nuclear program by rendering many of its main computers inoperable and likely obsolete. As a related story in the The Telegraph details, Russian scientists working in the Nantaz facility, have warned the Kremlin that they could be facing “another Chernobyl” if they are forced to comply with Iran’s tight deadline to activate the complex this summer.
The real news broken by the Times story of course is that the Stuxnet virus, the most sophisticated cyber weapon ever witnessed on earth, was more than likely created in Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility. That is not really news to those of us who have for years admired and appreciated Israel’s extraordinary technological prowess; but it might be news to a stubbornly ungrateful world that has been spared, at least for the moment, the economic catastrophe that might have ensued if Israel had been forced to take military action against Iran.
So while world leaders may be breathing a bit easier tonight, perhaps they ought to be paying a little more attention to some of these basic realities: The West’s security interests are being safeguarded by a tiny country the size of New Jersey; that the small country is on the very front lines of a war that it still largely refuses to either name or recognize; that peace is unlikely to come to the Middle East – or to the rest of the world for that matter – until the scourge of the West, based in Tehran, is completely defeated and the worldwide religious movement it leads is forced into ignominious retreat.
While there are no guarantees of anything in this world, it is a safer bet than most that Israel’s powerful technological capabilities and the tremendous ingenuity of its scientists, offers a key weapon in determining who will ultimately win the war of civilizations in which we are all presently engaged.