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3 reasons why frothing about Iran’s nukes is stupid

12 Mar 2012

written by NSR


Nuclear Powers

Of all our international hypocrisies (and they are legion) it has to be among the worst. And the stupidest.

A bunch of nuclear states denouncing a non-nuclear state for allegedly wanting to be a nuclear state. Getting into a nuclear state about it, if you will.

Iran, we are told, is evil. It has drunk the Kool-Aid of crazy and sucked at the devilish teat of terror. Naturally, being evil, it wants a nuclear weapon (what the hell kind of psychotic nation would seek that sort of destructive power, right?) and is, in fact, trying to build one. If this is the case, so the rhetoric goes, we should bomb what little bejesus there may be in that Godforsaken country before it has a nuke.

This is stupid.

1. Nuclear weapons are Haram

As you may have picked up, Iran is not the most profoundly democratic country on earth. This is, of course, is largely our fault but when thinking about nukes it is actually kind of comforting. See, while sixth Iranian President and world doing-himself-no-favours-with-all-that-antisemitic-bullshit champion, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, may seem all-powerful in Iran, he really isn’t. So, when people look at him and go: “come on, look at those eyes. That dude is hungry for H-bombs,” they may be right. But it really isn’t up to him. In fact, the only reason he’s in charge at all is because someone else is letting him be. That someone is Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. The clue is in the title, really.

David Cameron could probably get away with saying that he is a pretty big deal in Britain, but even he has technically to answer to the Queen. It’s a bit like that in Iran, only with a little old lady with terrible children replaced with a scary guy with a beard who believes he is probably the best person in the world to interpret the will of Almighty God. And the vast majority of Iranians, particularly the most hardcore and most scary-looking to Western eyes, agree.

So when the Ayatollah says, as he has done many times in the past, that nuclear weapons are ‘Haram’, it carries somewhat more weight than the Queen’s speech on Christmas day, the Pope telling Catholics not to have sex outside of marriage or anything David Cameron has ever said. Ever. The Supreme Leader calling something Haram is something of a discussion-ender.

Yeah, you say, but he probably has never been that specific. He’s probably left a loophole. This is what he said recently to Iranians: “we are not seeking nuclear weapons because the Islamic Republic of Iran considers possession of nuclear weapons a sin … and believes that holding such weapons is useless, harmful and dangerous.”

Well, shit.

2. Look at who else has them

Here’s the thing: nuclear weapons are bad. They do bad things. That, some would say, is their raison d’être, as France (300 nuclear warheads) might put it. There really are more than enough “A-Bombs, H-Bombs, even very small ones” (that quote is from a song by David Bowie, a singer from the UK, a country with 225 warheads) and every new nuclear weapon should be a cause for sadness in every person of conscience, particularly those of us calling ourselves ‘pro-life’. But if we’re going to get all angry/upset/ weirdly horny about one nation maybe having a nuke, shouldn’t we worry about, I don’t know, the USA (8,500 warheads)?

I know what you’re going to say. Iran is evil. And so fighty. But here’s the thing: over the last ten years, which country has been involved in more wars? And just who is evil is kind of a matter of opinion, really. The hundreds of thousands who have lost family to the chaos in Iraq since our invasion would probably put us above Iran, and they freaking hate Iran.

But even if we go with the narrative that Iran is unstable and doesn’t play well with others, we should probably talk about Israel (200 warheads). They are not exactly best buddies with neighbouring Lebanon (who they invade from time to time) and have a habit of assassinating foreigners they don’t like, not just Palestinians but also Iranians.

And there’s the crux. In a post-Cold-War era, Iran has just replaced the Soviet Union as the Voldemort of international affairs. It’s not, of course. Even if Iran is evil (and I really am not sure that being antidemocratic internally and unrepentantly unwilling to bow to the US internationally qualifies), it has nowhere near the resources and reach that the Soviet Union did. Which makes it closer to Bellatrix. Or that dude who looks like a rat.

The fact is that China (240 warheads), Russia (11,000 warheads), India (100 warheads), Pakistan (110 warheads) have nuclear weapons. Not nations known historically or recently for their cool-headed peaceful co-existence with their neighbours. Hell, Apartheid South Africa had a programme which the West pretended not to know about. So what is the problem with Iran having one? Is it really that they are disrespectful to us, and we don’t tolerate that?

3. If anyone should feel threatened, it’s Iran

Iran once had a democratically elected head of state who didn’t think he knew the mind of God, but did think Iran’s oil should benefit Iranians. We deposed him. We installed a puppet monarch who ignored his people’s cries for freedom. And then he was overthrown by another Ayatollah, in an uprising that was as popular and profound as any we have seen in the Arab Spring. Iran, somehow, feels that what the West wants for it may not be in Iran’s best interests. Go figure.

Western politicians now repeat a mantra that involves the words ‘no option off the table’, meaning : yes we will bomb them if they step too far out of line, because they are the kind of country it is totally okay to do that to. Because so many of our citizens would think it was fine. Because in the minds of our voters, Iranians are distorted propaganda cartoons with bombs strapped to their fundamentalist frames and hatred for freedom in their eyes. To many in the West, Iran is a state that is asking for it.

What it is is a state that has not treated its population worse than scores of others who have never been threatened. Iran refuses to acknowledge Caesar and is thus an enemy of Pax Americana. It is far from perfect, not a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, but then neither is another of our allies. What Iran is, is threatened. They are as likely as any other state in that position to do terrible things.

Here’s a map of US military bases near Iran:

American military bases around Iran

Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? The world was nearly plunged into nuclear war because the Soviet Union planned to move nuclear missiles into strike range near the USA. Were Iran to establish military bases near America in numbers and scale comparable to American presence in the region, what would be the response?

We automatically assume that such a scenario is ridiculous because Iran has no right to do that, whereas the USA has the world’s best interests at heart. Yes. And it is the Iranians who have drunk the crazy Kool-Aid.


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10 Comments on 3 reasons why frothing about Iran’s nukes is stupid

  1. Joshua

    Yah. Iran SHOULD feel threatened. The nation, under it’s current leader and as a whole, does not fit in with the advancement of the human race. They are a detriment to this goal. And now the Iranian agenda is to produce a weapon, so destructive in it’s power that they could easily set back our current progress. The issue here is NOT hypocrisy. It is a simple matter of dealing with a threat to humanity.

  2. NSR

    An entire nation, as a nation, is a threat to humanity’s advancement? Really?

  3. Joshua

    Absolutely. I feel for the good humans residing within the countries’ boundaries. However, on average and as a whole, Iran threatens the advancement of human civilization.

  4. NSR

    Do the other nations with nuclear weapons, histories of injustice and records of war against weaker neighbours also constitute a similar threat?

  5. Steve

    Good blog. Good thoughts. USA has no automatic right to act as the worlds ‘leader’.

  6. rogerthat1945

    Propaganda dictates that Iran is a terrorist threat. Israel said so. The truth is the USA has killed more civilians (note: women and kids) in sixty years than Iran has killed in two thousand years. And I don`t like Iran; but they are not the historical boogerman in the room; and I like the USA. Problem is, even I might have fallen for Nazi propaganda if I had been born then. Anyway, if you ain`t confused about the middle east; you don`t know enough about what is happening. The thing to do is stay out of their countries and keep them out of ours; or do the logical thing and set a 1% limit or something; where neither population feels threatened. A lot of the rhetoric seems to be Israel fuelling the threat, and the USA propping up the price of the Dollar and Gold using war as the method. Lets hope Iran hasn`t got chemical/biological suitcase weapons planted anywhere ready for revenge if they are attacked.

  7. Shiju

    If opponents of dinleopevg new warheads are saying that the existing stockpile can be maintained indefinitely, that’s not correct. Plutonium is radioactive, and it deteriorates. Eventually the warheads won’t go boom anymore. As far as I can tell, the U.S. stopped producing new nukes after the Cold War. It stands to reason that unless we keep building new warheads, eventually we won’t have any.Personally, that’s fine by me. But if we want to not have nuclear weapons, we should say so. We shouldn’t be going around with a bunch of duds. Otherwise some president is going to think and act like he has world destroying power under his sleeve, and as soon as other countries realize that our nuclear arsenal actually won’t work they will test us to the limit. The worst possible position to be in pointing what you think is a loaded gun at someone, when that person knows that it is really empty.

  8. Vadim

    3 reasons why this article is stupid.
    1. Fatwas change. He says one thing today and then rules something else tomorrow. You only hear what you want to hear.
    2. Israel has not once threatened to destroy another country. Iran threatens to destroy Israel (or the Zionist) regime almost every week. (You can go on and on about Israel being the bad boy around here, but those who wanted peace – Egypt, Jordan and the PO when they wanted – got peace and those who didn’t want peace – also got what they wanted)
    3. Again – Iran is threatened because it develops WMD and states that it would like to destroy another country. It could be an oasis with it’s Oil and smart people. Instead they export Terror, support every terror organization known to man, support the lovely Bashar Assad and are ready to make Iranians starve to create a nuclear bomb. Lovely.

    Just answer a simple question – where would you prefer to live – in Iran or Israel?
    If you want – I can go and ask the Arabs working with me here in Tel Aviv where they prefer to live – in Apartheid-Evil-Zionist-War Monger Israel or in Iran?

  9. Mohamed the Moroccan

    Oke just to reply on a couple of rednecks here

    1.”The nation, under it’s current leader and as a whole, does not fit in with the advancement of the human race”

    ====>Really you do realize that Iranian government consists of one of the MOST RATIONAL and shrewed thinking governments in the “Mad East” right?!


    ====>You do realize when the ENTIRE world was supporting Saddam to ERASE Iran, Iran stood alone right?! (Even Sovjets supported Saddam)
    WHY? Because Iran is a fundementalist islamic state, and the West doesn’t like that simple as that!!!

    2″.Fatwas change. He says one thing today and then rules something else tomorrow. You only hear what you want to hear.”

    NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IAEA (A pro-USA institution!!) has declared IRAN does NOT have the BOMB , Iran has NO nukes at all!! They declared a highly politicized report in which Iran “started” to enrich over 20% uranium, but that turned out to be FALSE!! Did you even KNOW USA has sent spies over the years to conduct tests wether Iran is actually developing a bomb?? It is LITTERALLY impossible to create the BOMB without other countries noticing!!! And yes even your own Seymour Hersh in the states and secretively pro-West IAEA members have silently admitted that Iran simply has NO BOMB!!!

    3.”Israel has not once threatened to destroy another country”
    ===>I QUOTE IRAN’S PRESIDENT HAS SAID; The zionist regime occupying Israel will vanish of the pages of time just like the SOVJET regime or the fascist regime!!!”


    @Joshua/Vadim; Stop watching fox you rednecks!

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