Does Iran have as much right to nuclear weapons as those countries that currently have them?
The United States, Britain, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, North Korea and even Israel all have nuclear capability to varying degrees.
I am no fan of Iran but it seems there is a double standard when it comes to foreign policy and the right of a country to protect itself- even with nuclear weapons if need be. I do not see the U.S. as concerned about North Korea despite its past and present leadership and the fact it already has capability. I don't see concern about Pakistan even though Bin Laden had been living there for several years supposedly without government knowledge.
It is universally agreed that Israel possesses upwards of 200 nuclear warheads. Since the U.S. is trying to put the kibosh on Iran's efforts should it not require Israel to destroy its arsenal? Why not?
It would seem to me that even if Iran is lying and is in fact trying to devise the means to construct nuclear weapons that if such weapons were ever used except for defence then the U.S. and other countries would bring Iran to its knees.
What are your thoughts? Should the U.S. keeps its nose out of the Middle East or risk another multi-billion dollar protracted war as it endeavours to determine who has and who doesn't have a right to nuclear weapons.
Just a side note: Israel has yet to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty of 1968.
@Sparks~ yes, but so could the U.S. So could Israel or Korea for that matter.
@Johntrottier~ the NPT was to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. Iran violating the signing of that treaty has yet to be fact.
- Agent 99Lv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
NO. Iran has for decades has financed and supported terrorism according to the US State Dept. and the UN Council Of Foreign Relations. Need proof? Here's just one example: They FOUNDED the HEZBOLLAH in Lebanon in 1980 right after the Lebanese War, they support HAMAS too.
Arguably Iran is now controlled by an Islamic Republic (which leans dangerously towards Islamic Fundamentalism (Islamic Republic/Islamism put in by the Ayatollah Khomeini when he came into power in 1979. He died in 1989, but his Muslim Clerics still control IRAN)
The Hezbollah is the most prolific and oldest terrorist groups in the Middle East, especially carrying out attacks against Israel. One of the most noted attacks by Hezbollah was the tragic US MARINE BARRACKS BOMBING in Beirut Lebanon, in October of 1983, killing over 200 marines.
ISRAEL is one of the ONLY two allies of the US in the Middle East (besides INDIA). Israel is surrounded by Muslim countries. We have to support ISRAEL, after all the US founded the state right after WWII so we would have a friend in the Middle East. It wouldn't make a lot of sense to do nothing.
Benjamin Netanyahu I would trust with a nuclear weapon, Ahmadinejad, no way, he's too unpredictable and he has an extremist mindset. If you need evidence just look at what Ahmadinejad has tried to do, has said, or done within the past 5 years even to his own countrymen. I would not want someone like that to even has access to a nuclear weapon.
Iran threatened back in the 1980's during the Reagan Administration to "wipe Israel off the face of the map" and referred to the US as "the great Satan". Current Iranian President Muhammad Ahmadinejad denies that both the HOLOCAUST and 9/11 ever happened. During his visit to the New York at the UN meeting, 30 COUNTRIES walked out because they were disgusted by his rants about the Holocaust, 9/11. Ahmadinejad lately has been repeating Khomeini's words from the 1980's about the US and Israel. He's a troublemaker, his own people don't even like him he was elected through force. Why would IRAN need that kind of nuclear power when they have one of the LARGEST SUPPLIES of OIL in the world even currently? Iran has always had a nuclear agenda (this is documented even) Israel will deal with Iran even before the US does probably, they have to, they don't really have a choice. Iran also supports a PALESTINIAN STATE, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is linked with Hamas, a terrorist group. He recently gave Netanyahu another ultimatum regarding the 1967 borders settlements. Arguably the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is just an incubator for terrorists and very unstable. (just look on any site from the US State Dept, to the FBI, the UN for these statistics)
Ideally the US would stay OUT of the Middle East, but we really can't afford (security wise at least) not to stay out. Things just don't work that way though. We can't afford it, but the leaders and the politicians will do it anyway; after all it isn't them who wind up paying for it.
Israel is our ally so we can't just stand by and watch, even though they are perfectly capable of handling Iran. The US cannot trust the LEADERS of IRAN. Lecture/rant over for now...Source(s): special topics classes
- johntrottierLv 78 years ago
The point of Iran developing or not developing weapons is that they signed a treaty saying that they would not. They then turned around and started a program that violated the tenets of the treaty.
If they had given notice that they were pulling out of the treaty, all would be fine. But they have not, because they want the advantages that come with being a signatory to the NPT.
So that want to have their cake and eat it too, and there is the root of the problem.
The second reason that Iran joining the nuclear club is that Iran is the largest supporter of terrorists in the world. There are grave doubts that Iran would be able to safeguard any weapons they develop. The second problem is that Iran does not have, and does not appear to be trying to develop, a delivery system. A nuclear weapon that cannot be delivered is no weapon at all, and utterly worthless.
Unless, that is, that they plan on having it delivered by a terrorist group.
And a terrorist with a nuke is something no one wants to see
- KathyLv 44 years ago
Pakistan during a revolution or Israel facing defeat against an Islamic coalition. In the case of Israel it would only be a last grim resort. Disarming Israel's nuclear deterrent would seriously destabilise the region and Israel's existence would be under a grave threat, especially from radicals armed with Pakistani nukes.
- Anonymous8 years ago
right now i have not seen nor heard of any evidence that they are weaponizing their uranium . they have a right to enrich uranium for nuclear energy production . they did build a nuclear electric generation station . the weaponization talk is just the zionists stirring the pot to create a fake situation to justify raising oil prices to $250 a barrel .
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- Anonymous8 years ago
To make a long story short - yes, Iran has as much right.
- sparksLv 78 years ago
No, not with all the saber rattling that Iran's leader has been doing.
This clown could start a world war.
- 8 years ago
You have hit the nail on the head it's complete and utter double standards. All it those is give you bargaining power.
- Sith LordLv 68 years ago
it seems to be that all this started when iran denied the holocaust.so any nation that denies the holocaust,israel will attack?
- 8 years ago
-That's a SHARP "Point..."- That No One seems to Want to Address... :oSource(s): China, Pakistan, India... .. .