The Iran Nuclear Question
I have asked this question before but dismissed it, and I was reminded yesterday when I was reading through my reader items and a pearler from Andrew Sullivan sneaked in. The question is… why do the United States continue to deny the existence of Israel’s nuclear arsenal when it’s more or less common knowledge everywhere? The geopolitical implications of the US (and the international community) turning a blind eye to (and even supporting the existence of) Israeli nukes while simultaneously shaking its fit and making threatening noises at other countries considering developing the same smacks of hypocricy and makes little sense..
But it begins to look once again as if Israel is privileged not as normal allies are privileged, but as a very special case which has the right to have nukes, while demanding none of its neighbors does, and that we cannot even say it has such a capacity; that it has the right to launch wars and threaten wars against its neighbors, but its neighbors have no right to do the same, and so on. [Daily Dish]
Can something positive be said of Iran having the bomb? I mean it proved to be an effective deterrent and counter-balance during the Cold War didn’t it? Is Israeli hegemony by nuclear means a positive thing for the region and the world?
While I personally think that development of nuclear weapons is never a solution, should not be encouraged and should be opposed everywhere… the best way for this to happen is with a simultaneous global disarmament. And the best place to start the disarmament process is the ridiculously unbalanced and volatile Middle East. Israeli disarmament needs to start immediately however, of course, never will without any real international pressure.