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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Iran, Nuclear Rights and Deterrence

Well, it looks like Iran had more in mind than simply tapping nuclear power for energy purposes. Surprise, surprise, eh? I really thought that Ahmadinejad was an upstanding, funloving guy until now. The thought of Iran obtaining nuclear warhead plans from the black market is, of course, beyond unsettling. Maybe it's just sheer pessimism on my part, but don't you feel almost fatalistic about the decentralization of nuclear knowledge and resources? Like the cat's out of the bag? A major catastrophe seems inevitable at some point, doesn't it? I pray that I'm wrong.
Ahmadinejad came out today arguing for Iran's "right" to nuclear power. That leads me to a question: what right do we eight (and surely more) countries have to tell Iran and others that we can but you can't have nuclear capability? I'm guessing the answer has something to do with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Iran is yet another great test for the UN). So comment away on this question: since the practical benefits are obvious, how would you build the legal case for aggressive deterrence?

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