The topic of this post is: Iran.
For the past two years now it seems that the International Community, in the form of the United States, has been hounding Iran about its nuclear program. Apparently, it isn't ok for Iran to have their own nuclear reactor(s). But, many of my friends and people that I know think that I'm not looking at this from the correct angle.
So I asked them: what am I missing?
Basically, the popular thought is that Iran's government is crazy. The moment they get nuclear weapons, they will use them against Israel. Hold on a second. The Iranian government aren't what they are because they're stupid. I think that Iran has a shrewd government. Let's say they do get nuclear weapons. There is no way in hell that they will use them on Israel knowing the Death shall rain down on them from the heavens AKA Lots of Minuteman and Peacekeeper ICBMs launched from Wyoming, the Dakotas, and other bases throughout the United States, will level the country into oblivion… and beyond.
I sincerely doubt that Iranians, including members of the government and people in power, are suicidal enough to do something like that. Futhermore, Iran has a right to develop its nuclear technology peacefully. The NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), of which they – and the US but not Israel – are a signatory, assures them this right. [Extra information about NPT and the additional protocol from Wikipedia here. IAEA Board of Governers Report on Iran's Nuclear Situation in September 2005.]
Admittedly, the report mentions that Iran was late declaring certain important things. But, the report also mentions that Iran has taken steps to rectify the situation and the steps were acceptable by the IAEA.
Iran, as do other nations around the world, believe that they are being targeted for the possiblity of them developing Nuclear Weapons. Israel is already in possession of Nuclear Weapons. I don't blame them for possibly believing that this is a wee bit unfair.
The obvious issue then, is that the United States (and allies) do not want an enemy state (Iran in this case) gaining such a "card" in the international game of "power" relations. Having nuclear weapons will mean that iran will pose a threat, however miniscule (though a nuclear weapon – if only one bomb – is not a small nor trivial matter at all) some might believe it would be.
With all the links that are in this post, I won't go on any more about the issue… what I will do is give you access to even more links that I came across while researching the matter in more detail:
Some of the IRNA's (Islamic Republic News Agency), Iran's official news agency, stories:
- The Arab League's Secretary General's, Amr Moussa, views on the matter.
- Malaysia's Minister of Foreign Affairs's, Syed Hamid Albar, opinion.
- News of an Iranian delegation visiting Russia and updates on the Iranian Nuclear File.
The IAEA has an Iran file timeline on their website which might be useful to those that which to know more details about the whole issue (since 2004).
Finally, and because this is a blog… the following are links to Iranian Blogs which may, or may not have more information on the matter. Most interesting is the Iranian Vice-President's Blog.
Iranian Blog (Iran-based).
Iranian Blog (Los Angeles based).
And that's the way I see it.