The arguments made against Iran's nuclear program strike me as odd. One is the assumption that they have no need for nuclear power plants with so much oil in their country. Iran is a socialist nation meaning they've taken commodities and nationalized them to fund their government programs (education, health, transportation, defense). Oil is one of these commodities. Now if the nation were to increase their output of oil, by decreasing their need of oil, they could potentially raise more money to fund themselves. One way to remove the need would be to find alternate sources of energy. Thus they have a very good reason to pursue nuclear power. Second is the assumption that from a nuclear program comes nuclear weapons. Not one single nation that has had a nuclear program has denied research into weapons. So the two are hand and hand. But if Iran possesses nuclear weapons, so what? Is the fear that they will pass these weapons onto state supported organizations such as Hezbollah, which will in turn use them against Israel? ....
NO the fear is that they will use them all by themselves; hey, maybe they will have a nuclear accident and blow themselves up.
Well, here we are some three years after, and this argument is still raging across the globe, only the clock is now a second before midnight.
...in the news
Secret document exposes Iran’s nuclear triggerCatherine Philp in Washington
Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.
The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6955351.ece
Iran's New Missile Flies Farther, Faster and Can Be Launched in MinutesThe Sajjil-2 Missile Would Be Harder to Detect and Knock Down
Iran tested an updated version of its most potent missile today, a weapon that Iran claims can fly farther and faster that previous models and that can be deployed more quickly.
The elements of speed and rate of deployment would make the Sajjil 2 missile more difficult for Western forces to detect and destroy before it is launched and harder to track and knock down once it is in the air.
The missile, which is Iran's most advanced two-stage surface-to-surface weapon, can reach targets up to 1,200 miles away. That puts Israel and American bases in the region, as well as parts of Europe, within its reach.http://abcnews.go.com/International/iran-tests-long-range-missile/story?id=9351516
Still think they have peaceful intentions?
Unless something changes, and I mean now, I predict there will be a world war within two years.