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a nuclear Iran? some questions « Previous | |Next »
January 24, 2006

I cannot help but suspect that the US is manufacturing a crisis over Iran's nuclear program.:

Nick Anderson

If you stop and think about it, if Iran were to launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel, it would be attacking an opponent that, together with its US ally, had the ability to destroy it many times over. Why would Iran want to wipe itself off the map?

My understanding is that it would take Iraq around a decade to develop a nuclear bomb. What then constitutes the grave threat to Western security?

How is the Islamic republic's determination to go nuclear a serious threat to world peace?

As I understand it Iran is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Under the treaty countries are permitted nuclear energy. Inspections make certain no weapons are produced. Iran agrees to abide by the treaty and to have the inspections. Israel is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

My judgement is that Iraq would become a battleground in any Western conflict with Iran, raising the specter of Iraqi Shiite militias taking on American troops in Iraq in sympathy with Iran. See this article in the Washington Post

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:30 PM | | Comments (0)