The Nuclear Issue and Iran
I was reading a story today about the continuing stress being added to the situation of Iran’s nuclear program . The Pentagon has released information about new, 30,000 pound bunker busting bombs, these are bombs that they are implying could be used to destroy an underground WMD program such as the one Iran has. This issue has been growing in intensity for some time and based off the situations that have taken place over the last decade or so, it’s easy to see where this could all be heading. The only difference is that a war with Iran would likely be far more serious and costly, both financially and in human lives. As Leon Panetta, who is our defense secretary prepares to visit Israel, he publicly declared that he would warn them against any military action. By doing so we see mixed signals coming from the Obama administration and that’s never good.
Here’s my problem with this whole situation and I believe it’s the same issue we have with North Korea.The United States, as well as our allies, demands on a regular basis that countries, such as Iran and North Korea allow full access to their nuclear programs and also that they reveal exactly how many nuclear warheads they have. Additionally these countries demand that the IAEA have full access to inspect and monitor these programs. Now this wouldn’t really be an issue in the world community except for one, glaring, hypocritical point; Israel follows none of these rules yet suffers none of the same penalties.
I have nothing against Israel, to be completely honest, I don’t really see them as any different from most. The problem though is so obvious I can’t believe that none of the talking heads of the media world ever have the balls to say it. Well, since they have no nuts, I’ll say it for them. Why is it ok for Israel to have undeclared, unmonitored nuclear weapons programs with no one complaining or demanding any penalties? Trust me, I do not have a lot of faith in the good intentions of Iran or North Korea. I think that both their governments are kind of crazy and not very good for their citizens. That being said though, the bottom line is why would anyone expect these countries to follow rules that the very countries that made these rules don’t follow themselves? I agree that Iran and North Korea appear very unstable and make statements that seem insane to us, but have either of them ever used a nuclear weapon? If any time a country made threatening statements they are considered in violation of some unspoken planetary law, then we would all be in violation as all governments make these statements from time to time.
Look, in the end, I’m sure ill be attacked by the simpletons as hating America or loving Iran or some ridiculous statement like that but that isn’t the truth. The truth is I accept that fact that the freedom we expect each of us to have a god given right to in this country doesn’t stop being a right once you exit our borders. The United States, despite it being the best place in the world to live, has no more right to tell other governments what they can or cannot have any more than those governments have the right to tell us the same. We are fools if we believe, regardless of what crazy words have been spoken by this country or that one, that other countries are going to respect rules we put forth when our own allies aren’t held to the same rules. Stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. We don’t own the planet and have no right to punish other government over what WE think they will do.