The Bailey Mail
March 12, 2008
2008-03-11 According to an article in Time Magazine online, the threat of war with Iran is becoming more real. It is true that the threat of World War III from U.S. President Bush was a level higher than the rhetoric so far, but Vice President Dick Cheney’s threat of “severe consequences” if Iran stays on its present course, and “we will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon” is just a repetition of what they were saying well over a year ago, that they will stop at nothing to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, and no option can be taken off the table.
The Time article got me thinking on something that I hadn’t before, I agreed that the hard-line fanatical regime shouldn’t have nuclear weapons, but upon further thought, Iran isn’t at the top of my list of dangerous countries.
We (Britain) gave Israel nuclear weapons, and plenty of them, and we (the West) are dead set against Iran getting them, to the point that the U.S. and Israel consider launching the first ever full blown nuclear attack to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons, but let’s compare the two countries.
Neither the current, nor the previous Iranian Regime attacked another country, their only military action was in self-defence of Iraq’s attack. Israel has broken international law multiple times, in fact almost constantly under the current regime, whereas the only violation Iran can be accused of (UN resolutions against the nuclear program) is not actually a violation, they should be entitled to nuclear power as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which Israel is not a signatory.
So why is Iran not entitled to a civilian nuclear program? I would rather see Iran with nuclear weapons than a nuclear attack launched to stop them from getting weapons — especially with the real possibility that China and Russia are waiting to pounce on an overstretched U.S. For me the chance of China and Russia supporting Iran is far greater than the chance of Iran using nuclear weapons, and potentially far more catastrophic for the human race.
Another reason thrown about by the U.S. administration is Iran’s openly defiant support of “terrorist organisations” talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
The U.S. has a long history of supporting some of the most brutal terrorist organisations known to man, under their constantly number one policy, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. U.S. support of terror groups and groups opposing the government of the U.S. enemy of the day, have caused thousands of deaths when the brutal terror groups succeed in their U.S. shared aim of overthrowing the government and start murdering hordes of government supporters.
Among the most notable incidences of U.S. terror support is their support of the Contras rebels, which caused a massive scandal when it came to light that the U.S. was selling arms to its so-called enemy Iran and using the money to fund the Contras rebels in their battle against communism in Nicaragua. In that same battle against communism, and under the same President: Ronald Reagan, came the U.S.’ most notable support of terrorist groups. The Mujahideen in Afghanistan, the next generation of which is now battling U.S. troops in Afghanistan and are called terrorists, but then, because they were aiming their terror at the U.S.’ common enemy; the Soviets, they were hailed as freedom fighters by Reagan, who drowned them in money, hi tech weaponry and had the SAS in for scones and improvised explosive training for the rebels.
U.S. money was also used to build seminaries on the Afghan/Pakistan border, which the U.S. hoped would maintain a constant supply of brainwashed Muslims to bog the Soviets down and eventually beat them. Only problem is their aim worked a little to well, the seminaries are still churning out revved up Jihadi’s but now their heart is set on attacking the U.S. and everyone allied with them; in short the western world.
So, the U.S. is the biggest supporter of terrorists in the world, and with the biggest nuclear arsenal, but because Iran supports two groups that are fighting against a U.S. ally, and so are automatically terrorists, then we must launch a nuclear war to stop Iran’s nuclear program on the off-chance they are intending to enrich uranium for weapons purposes.
I learned another interesting fact today, that Iran has one of the most democratic governments in the Islamic world, the people have far more say than those in U.S. allied Saudi Arabia. Lebanon and Iraq have the promise of democracy, but factional rivalries cripple the government’s authority. Iranians have a major say in who runs their country, with the one problem being the vetting of candidates by non-elected clerics.
In closing, if you look at Iran’s record they are not the worst country or government in the world. Even if they do seek nuclear weapons, they know that their using them would result in total obliteration of Iran, I mean wiped off the map, and no chance of any kind of support from Russia and China. For me, the chances of Iran using any nuclear weapon they have are too slim to risk all out nuclear war between the world’s major powers; too slim to risk the end of the human race.