This is a comment on the last post that grew pretty long. This is not about MMOs.
I agree that it would be ridiculous for Iran to nuke holy sites in Israel and the speech was, of course, not perfectly translated. That having said, my scenario doesn't include Iran using the bomb. I don't think they really would. The problem is Israel using it out of pure fear - panic. This fear is created by Iranian politicians who try to use fear to their own advantage inside the Iranian politics. Also, any nuclear bomb would be preceded by a conventional attack.
Nobody wants to start a war - ever. Wars get started out of fear, misunderstandings, and because every single escalating step seemed perfectly reasonable at the time. And at some point it seems that the enemy will strike first and you just can't take that risk.
Imagine what Iran would say about Israel after a massive conventional attack on its soil? Then imagine Israel's fear if that attack failed to destroy the nuclear capabilities while Hezbollah rockets rain down on its people! Remember the US reaction to Pearl Habor or 9/11. If societies feel under direct attack they can go nuts!
On whether Iran is actually developing a nuclear weapon: I believe Joschka Fischer in this case. He was German foreign minister during the second Iraq war. He had this more or less famous speech in the UN where he told the US that he is not convinced about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and that's why Germany doesn't want a part of this war. We stayed out - luckily.
He now says that Iran according to his conviction does develop a nuclear weapon or at least wants to come into a position that any Iranian leadership can order the construction of one in the near term.
I'm pretty much a idealist there. If the Russian people want less corruption (=a better democracy with accountable politicians) then I wish them the best. However, the Russians (as a nation) need to understand that the past is the past. The USSR wasn't a superpower because of its military. It was a superpower because of an ideology. Many countries wanted to be like the USSR. Because the USSR wasn't always as weak as it appears today. There was a time when it was pretty successful economically and culturally - or at least appeared like it.
This started to fall apart with the construction of the Berlin Wall. Until then there were, in fact, people who moved to Eastern Germany to be part of the promise of communism. People weren't as certain as they are today that a more just world is impossible.
Russia can't be strong with weapons alone. It only turns you into the Bully on the schoolyard. And there are bigger Bullies around. Russia has about 140 mio people - many of them distributed over an incredible land mass. In this age such a country cannot compete with China (1350 mio) or India (1200 mio) or the EU (500 mio), the US (300 mio) or even Brazil (200 mio). Sure, Russia can destroy the planet, but so can others. Using military power to gain respect only causes fear and other countries to make alliances against you.
If Russia wants to raise to power again, it first needs to tend to itself (like the Arab states do right now). Get rid of the corruption. Make other countries want to be like you. Make people want to move to Russia because "in Russia you can have a better life". This is the only way to influence and power as a country.
I slowly understand the US problem. You appear like a smart guy. And still you have convictions that are so far removed from what I believe to be true that it's just impossible to even start to argue.