The world may face nuclear disaster if the Obama administration fails to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons — something the recent interim disarmament agreement cannot do, Middle East expert Dr. Andrew Bostom says.
"If we do not do anything to preempt Iran's development of nuclear weapons, they will develop them," Bostom told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"There's a good chance that either they will use them or they will give them to surrogates who have even more [of a] jihadist, martyrdom pedigree, like Hezbollah, like Hamas.
"They could allow their surrogates under a nuclear umbrella to operate with even greater impunity, to rain conventional rockets on Israel," he said Wednesday.
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Bostom — an associate professor of medicine at Brown University Medical School and author of the new book, "Iran's Final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi'ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran,"
published by Bravura Books — says the interim pact is ineffective.
"Essentially, [Iran has the] right to enrich uranium despite the fact that they have openly professed for decades now that they really want to generate nuclear weapons," Bostom said. "And then, of course, they actually plan on using those weapons, at least according to their rhetoric against Israel, and potentially against other nations, including the United States itself.
"The idea that you would give a nation like this the right to enrich uranium, even with the caveat that, 'Oh, well, we can control their enrichment to 5 percent.' We know that this is very difficult to do even under ideal circumstances."
Bostom said there is a dangerous mindset within Iran that calls for the destruction of the West, something that cannot be overcome by a supposed disarmament deal.
He said there is a "form of irrationality that pervades the society" that is "toxicly hateful towards the West and virulent in terms of its Islamic anti-Semitism."
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