July 9, 2005
Who Wants A Nuclear Iran?Topics: Iran
An strange and entertaining read on a nuclear Iran, by Greg Strange:
Looks like hearty congratulations are in order for the new Iranian president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. If alcohol were legal in Iran, there would no doubt have been champagne toasts all around to celebrate his "election" and the ushering in of . . . well, the next leg of the same old stultifying repression and bellicosity that has kept intact the country's status as outlaw regime and economic basket case. Which, come to think of it, kind of puts a damper on the celebratory spirit of average Iranians who have to live under such rule.
But anyway, alcohol is not legal, nor is much of anything else that doesn't pass muster with Islamic fundamentalism. And Ahmadinejad isn't likely to be in the vanguard of any revolutionary changes along the lines of allowing more freedoms. After all, Ahmadinejad's biggest claim to fame is the segregating of elevators for men and women in municipal buildings in Tehran during his ultra-conservative tenure there as mayor. Progressive, he ain't.
(...) But you have to wonder if a guy who segregates elevators is really worse than the guy, Rafsanjani, who said the following: "When the Islamic world acquires atomic weapons, the strategy of the West will hit a dead end -- since the use of a single atomic bomb has the power to destroy Israel completely, while an Israeli counterstrike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world."
(...) When Iran does go nuclear -- and it appears to be a matter of when, not if -- the Middle East will obviously become a far more dangerous place. The madcap mullahs and addlebrained ayatollahs who run the country that is the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism want to believe that nukes will make them safer. The idea is that nobody is going to attack a country that possesses nuclear weapons because the consequences would be too devastating.
(...) The idea that Iran could nuke Israel, right the supposed wrong done to the Palestinians and survive to tell about it is a towering, monumental idiocy that defies all human rationality. But such are the thought processes of those who wield power in Iran.
Posted by Hyscience at July 9, 2005 6:03 PM
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