Iran has been accelerating its secret program to build operational nuclear weapons for one reason — and one reason alone: Once a country has nukes, no one messes with that country ever again.
No one pre-emptively attacks and invades you, as the United States did to Iraq in 2003.
Iran saw what the George W. Bush-led invasion did to its next-door neighbor, Iraq. And it wanted no part of the dreaded term for dictators: regime change. Thus it immediately went pedal-to-the-metal — in secret, or so it thought — to build nuclear weapons.
Possessing nuclear bombs deters aggression against you — and allows you to intimidate your neighbors, i.e. Arab states with which Iran has never had particularly good relations since the 1979 Iranian Revolution brought the radical mullahs to power.
Saudi Arabia, in particular, has had frosty relations with the rich, arrogant leaders of Iran. And the Saudi government recently told Israel in secret that it would allow Israel to fly over Saudi air space to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Israel, while never officially acknowledging that it has several dozen nuclear weapons, is the only nuclear power in the Middle East (Pakistan is considered southwest Asian, not Middle Eastern). That is yet another reason Israel has survived. Those weapons have deterred Arab nations from again trying some sort of coordinated massive invasion of Israel. The message has been clearly sent: you mess with us at your own peril.
Now Iran wants to be a nuclear power, and it brags, boasts, and blusters about “wiping Israel off the map” and seeing a “giant dark cloud” over Israel. What do they think Israel and the U.S. are going to do in the face of that rhetoric and the intelligence that shows thousands of underground centrifuges to extract fissionable material to make nuclear weapons being built in Iran?
Of course Iran has multiple problems. Its June 12 election fraud unleashed a long-simmering discontent by the Iranian people against a corrupt and brutal anti-modern regime. There is massive instability even at the highest level of that regime. “Regime change” was voted for by the Iranian people, and corruption and a rigged vote counting process kept it from happening.
Do not be surprised in the coming months if that regime indeed falls. Iran’s economy is wobbly. And even at the upper levels of leadership there is reported talk of replacing both the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, a mere political thug who revels in using terror to keep the people in line, and his hand-picked president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an awful “face of the Iranian people” who was one of the so-called “students” who captured and brutalized the American hostages back in 1979-1980.
The first official talks between the U.S. and Tehran since that seizure of the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 4, 1979, will occur this Thursday, Oct. 1. The time has come to settle this issue, and in the process rearrange the Iranian government.
The world has seen the brutality of this corrupt regime. And the world, including the U.S., Israel, Britain, France, Russia, and even China, is not going to let this regime join the nuclear club.
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