Thursday, October 16, 2003

Internal support?

The Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly has an article that outlines the support, or lack there of, for Iran's nuclear program from within Iran:

Since the former Shah's rule, Iran has been developing nuclear programmes to maintain its position as a regional power with nuclear capabilities like those of India, Pakistan and Israel. Accordingly these programmes should be viewed as a way of supporting regional capabilities and protecting higher Iranian national interests. However, the Iranian nuclear programme, as observers see it, does not have the support of a specific lobby, such as the military which supports the nuclear programme in Pakistan, or the civil-technological lobby which supports the Indian nuclear programme. This weakens Iran's ability in its attempts to confront internal and external pressures. The issue of signing a new protocol is a new reason for the divisions in the Iranian regime between the conservatives and the reformists.

That being said, it is clear that there are many in government that are in favor of the program (why else would it be happening?). What is sickening is that the International Community is laying back and letting it happen. Sure, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is involved in monitoring Iran's program to make sure it is "peaceful", but does anyone seriously think it will stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb when push comes to shove?

And this is a country that parades missiles through its streets with signs attached to them stating "we will crush America under our feet" and "Israel must be wiped off the map".


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