Friday, April 28, 2006

Myopia surrounding Iran issues

The second order, larger threat posed by the Iranian nuclear bomb program is the resultant middle eastern nuclear arms race. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and various other dictatorships will immediately be forced into building nuclear weapons in order to provide deterrent against unilateral Iranian action.
Do we want the hyperproliferation around the world stimulated by possession of nuclear weapons by Iran? Does the NPT really have any practical use anymore?
Would the world really have survived the cold war if there were five or ten players in the Mutually Assured Destruction regime?

From a fatalistic perspective, this isn't a question about whether to do something about Iran's nuclear bomb building, it's a question of whether we want the middle east to be turned into a radioactive waste dump by a nuclear war?

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