This was published today:
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Iran is still trying to build nuclear bombs and the world must make a concerted effort to stop the project.
“Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Olmert told a gathering of North American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. “Iran cannot become nuclear. Israel cannot afford it…the free world must not accept it. We must all do whatever we can to prevent it.”
Israel considers Iran a strategic threat because of its nuclear program, its development of long-range missiles and repeated threats to destroy the Jewish state.
Well, there has never been even one threat to “destroy the Jewish state” as anyone who knows how to read, and does so regularly, surely knows.
But in response to the posted article I was compelled to respond as follows:
Olmert has no clue, no rational whatsoever, for suggesting that Iran is ‘trying to build’ a nuclear bomb. Neither does anyone else. No one.
The fact that Iran, and most other Mideast countries, desperately need nuclear power generation facilities is without question. They are going to run out of oil within the foreseeable future and, so far, they’ve got nothing else for power. So, they’ll either develop another source of power or they will, eventually and inevitably, slow the flow of oil to us. And then stop.
Needless to say, we know this. And, we are gradually – ever so slowly – working on the solution to this problem for our own rather obvious reasons.
In the meantime, Iran is not a nation composed of fools. What fool would want nuclear weaponry? What could Iran possibly do with a nuclear bomb? What could it do? Blow up another country? Sure. An hour later Iran would be dust. No different than if we were to nuke another country. We would be dust before the sun set.
What Iran does not want is to be subservient in any way to a supplier of nuclear fuel. Would you?
Iran wants to be able to supply its nuclear plants with fuel that Iran itself has created. Like we do. Like Russia does, China, India, Europe and so on. Duh.
Iran is just not willing to be manipulated into the category of customer. They don’t want to rely on anyone to supply them with fuel. Not when they can make it themselves. This has nothing to do with a bomb, for Christ’s sake.
No matter what you hear or read not one shred of evidence exists supporting the hypothesis they want a bomb. Not one shred.
Every evidence, every shred of evidence, points to the exact opposite conclusion, including every utterance of the UN people who constantly examine this issue to the core.
Never mind that we, the United States, encouraged Iran in every way possible to develop serious nuclear power under our man, the Shah. Never mind that the program was rejected and stopped in its tracks by the 1979 revolution, by the Ayatollah who said this is not for us.
Here’s a brief on it from Wikipedia:
The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The support, encouragement and participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran’s nuclear program continued until the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian government temporarily disbanded elements of the program, and then revived it with less Western assistance than during the pre-revolution era. Iran’s nuclear program has included several research sites, a uranium mine, a nuclear reactor, and uranium processing facilities that include a uranium enrichment plant.
Iran’s first nuclear power plant, Bushehr I, is expected to be operational in 2009. There are no current plans to complete the Bushehr II reactor, although the construction of 19 nuclear power plants is envisaged. Iran has announced that it is working on a new 360 MWe nuclear power plant to be located in Darkhoyen. Iran has also indicated it that it will seek more medium-sized nuclear power plants and uranium mines for the future.
I know it’s hard to take. Iran revolted. The people of Iran in massive numbers revolted against the Shah and against the United States who implanted and empowered him. But that’s what happened.
The only conceivable justification anyone has ever had for thinking that, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, Iran wants a bomb is due to this: You’ve been named as a member of the ‘Axis of Evil’ and the person who named you this has also made it known that ‘regime change’ is the plan and we will strike first without provocation.
Therefor, wouldn’t you?
If you were Iran, you would have to be senile not to consider this as an existential threat. You would have to make certain that you could at least begin developing weaponry to enable you to present such massive retaliatory action as to discourage attack. I forget the exact term but it boils down to preemptive defense. We invented the term whatever it is.
So here’s where we are in this argument:
1.) Iran rejected nuclear development after the revolution. The point of the Shah’s nuke program under our guidance was weaponry and the new guys rejected the idea. Hey, it’s against our religion.
2.) It gradually became obvious, though, that they were in dire need of another source of electrical power
3.) They decided to work on that and right about then they were referred to as evil people by the leader of the powerful United States
4.) While they were attempting to develop capacity in this regard, completely legally, they are named as an enemy and threatened
5.) Their decision was to proceed. Their decision was that since we have made ourselves an Islamic country we have frightened others and these others have threatened to destroy us, but we will not bite this dust.
6.) Accordingly we will proceed. What we’ve learned, we’ve learned. We will make it so that it would be best not to try to destroy us.
What group of humans would not do the same? Name one human group at any time in history which has not done or would not do exactly the same thing. They’ll stand up. They’ll say shove it. Shove your moronic threats. We are good people, we have our needs, and we will proceed.
End of story.
And just to make sure, a few minutes later I added this:
It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified. My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wants agreement, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom, and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life.
To the making of these fateful decisions, the United States pledges before you–and therefore before the world–its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma–to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.
Dwight David Eisenhower
Our last good Republican