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Iran to host nuclear conference, US says ‘no thanks’

In foreign policy, sovereignty, war and peace on April 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be hosting a nuclear weapon disarmament conference in Tehran April 17–18 titled “Nuclear Energy For All, Nuclear Weapons For No One.”

Needless to say the United States will not be attending.

However, according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency, more than 60 countries will be at the conference. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said China will be present. However, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said Beijing has not yet decided.

It’s unlikely the scheduling of the conference so soon after the U.S.-Russia nuclear weapons agreement is a coincidence. Ahmadinejad is as politically savvy as he is controversial.

But the real story is not that “black sheep” Iran is hosting a conference on nuclear disarmament, or at least it shouldn’t be. The real story is that the United States is so bent on isolating Iran that it’s shunning a chance to discuss and possibly learn more about Iran’s nuclear program.

Perhaps Iran and Ahmadinejad are not to be trusted. But ignoring and demonizing a historically peaceful country and potential ally is simply bad foreign policy. Why not attend the conference? Is the United States as sure of Iran’s destructive determination and lust for “weapons of mass destruction” as it was with Iraq?

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National sovereignty and the “right” to go nuclear

In foreign policy, sovereignty, war and peace on March 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

Why is it that the United States so fears a nuclear Iran? Does a nuclear Iran pose a greater threat than that of a nuclear Russia or China?

Referring to the non-proliferation treaty, Egypt’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once said, “basically they did whatever they wanted to do before the introduction of NPT and then devised it to prevent others from doing what they had themselves been doing before.”

Nasser’s comment is insightful; especially his accusation that the nuclear weapon states designed the NPT to control other states from obtaining that which they already had.

Often, opponents of a nuclear Iran claim the nation to be “unstable” and “radical.” How can the international community trust a rogue nation with such powerful weapons? The answer is the same way in which it trusts the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, North Korea, Pakistan, India and Israel.

To be sure, an nuclear Iran is worrisome. Any increase in the destructive potential of nuclear weapons is worrisome. But Iran poses no more of a threat than of its nuclear neighbors. It definitely does not pose a threat equal to that of the dominant world powers of China, Russia and the U.S.

At the heart of the debate over who should be allowed to have nuclear weapons is the issue of national sovereignty. Powerful nations such as the U.S. and Russia should not have authority over smaller nations simply because of their status. 

Iran, like the U.S., is a sovereign nation. It has a “right” to make internal decisions as it sees fit — including the regretful decision to develop nuclear weapons.

Obama ‘allows’ Israel to defend itself, retain secrecy

In foreign policy on October 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

 

Source: AP

Source: AP

 While America and the international community are bullying Iran into allowing U.N. inspectors access to its nuclear plants, Israel is retaining sovereignty of its borders.

Friday, the Washington Times reported that President Obama agreed to allow Israel to continue with its nuclear arsenal exempt from international inspections, reaffirming a decade-old secret.

At first glance, the Obama administrations policy seems unfair — and it is. But more importantly is the notion that Israel is being allowed by the United States to retain secrecy of its national defense.

Israel — like Iran, like America — is a sovereign nation.

Someone should start making patriotic bumper stickers that read: America, policing the world since 1945.

Id buy one.

 

Ready or not, here we come Iran!

In war, war and peace on September 28, 2009 at 5:28 am

Top three reasons why the U.S. should go to war with Iran:

1) Their leader is a crazy, brutal dictator.

2) They are pursuing weapons of mass destruction in the form of nuclear weapons.

3) They are evading U.N. inspections.

Iran, like Iraq, is an unstable dictatorship. International treaty clearly states that only stable countries such as China and Russia are allowed to have nuclear weapons. Not only is Iran unstable, it is centered in the much volatile Middle East. Only one nation, Israel, is allowed/given nuclear technology because they are our friend.

This Thursday, five permanent U.N. security council members plus Germany will meet with Iranian officials in Geneva to discuss nuclear disarmament. The United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany will attempt to pressure Iran into letting international inspectors have full access to Irans newly disclosed underground uranium enrichment plant.

All of these nations, with the exception of Germany, have nuclear weapons. But then again, they should be allowed to have nuclear weapons as they are amongst the worlds civilized. And although the United States is the only nation to have used nuclear weapons in warfare, it has every right to tell Iran what to do.

I hope Iran refuses to allow the international inspectors full access. Then, as with Iraq, we can go in and clean house. Perhaps we could even establish a democracy for the Iranian people in the process. Although we may have to reinstitute the draft and print/borrow more money via the Federal Reserve to accommodate a third war, our efforts will be worth it. After all, we are the leader of the free world.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Prove it”  Iran.

If not, were coming in to get you.

(Note: This post is meant to be satirical.)