Monday, August 16, 2010

Iran's Nuclear Standoff: Who is The Loser?

Kourosh Ziabari - It's more than 8 years that the world's newspapers are filled with miscellaneous news, reports and commentaries concerning Iran's nuclear program. Controversy over Iran's nuclear program has spanned through two administrations in Iran: ex-President Mohammad Khatami's government and the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration. The term "Iran nuclear program" returns more than 6 million results in Google web search. Thousands of scholars, journalists, politicians and political pundits have made their own statement regarding this debatable subject.

Terminologically, Iran's nuclear program calls to mind the words holocaust, Israel, Zionism, Axis of Evil, George W. Bush, stretched hands and uranium enrichment. The world is watching the uninteresting continuation of confrontation over Iran's nuclear program and the opportunist journalists find this tedious charade the best subject to entertain their readers and enrich their portfolio.

Iran says that it needs enriched uranium to meet its energy demands and produce electricity. The United States and its European allies claim that Iran wants to produce nuclear weapons in order to launch a military strike against Israel. Israel, over the past 5 years, has been incessantly threatening Iran with a preemptive attack, warning that it would not allow Iran to achieve nuclear technology.

The United Nations Security Council, under the pressure of United States and its stalwart allies, has imposed 4 rounds of backbreaking financial sanctions against Iran to dissuade it from developing "nuclear weapons". Iranian officials have repeatedly rejected the claims that they're moving towards developing nuclear weapons and called the sanctions ineffective, valueless.

1 comment:

Keir said...

I'd suggest Israel is the 'loser' today as its Foreign Ministry asserts that "It is totally unacceptable that a country that so blatantly violates (international treaties) should enjoy the fruits of using nuclear energy." This when, for the past half century, it has gone about doing just that! No other country has "blatntly ignored" more UN resolutions, more apeals from the rest of the world, than Israel which actually uses nuclear energy for military use. Now that it needs firm action, it finds it not forthcoming which is hardly surprising. The fact the US and UK are publicly expressing their lack of direct involvement (even supporting Iran's right for civilian use whilst Israel continues to keep its nuclear weapons a 'secret') shows how far Israel's self-inflicted self-interest has come full circle.