Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Clubbing Nuke Style

Today a passenger in my taxi talking to the driver said “I hear Ahmadinejad is going to deliver some good news in Mashad.” The driver replied I hear the same and wondered out loud what the news was going to be?
Later today when I watched the news I could not believe my ears. President Ahmadinejad, claiming that Iran has been able to enriched uranium for use in its nuclear program. The speech was watched lived in some western countries over other news such as the parliamentary elections in Italy.
Technically this makes Iran a member of a very select group of nations in the so called “nuclear club”. It includes Iran neighbor Pakistan and its enemy Israel.
I feel a lot safer with Iran, India, and Pakistan having the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead but not being able to follow simple traffic regulations.
Some security exports claim this news accelerates the possibilities of military actions against Iran to as early as 2007. Such news has been worrying the older generation in Iran. They have gone through Shah’s CIA backed coup, the Islamic Revolution, the 8-year bloody war with Iraq a long economic recovery and now this.
In Tehran, people have a unified sense about the nuclear issue. It is simply a matter of pride among conservatives and reformists alike. At the same time everyone worries about being in the cross hairs of Pentagon’s next war plan.
Ahmadinejad compared the West's involvement in Iran's nuclear ambitions to the times when Iran wanted to control its own oil.
One issue that is being over looked is the fact that Iran's nuclear program for most part is being supported and built by the Russians. We are approaching the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl's disaster on April 25th.

Is it just me that sees the irony in this?

Ramin Talaie
Tehran, Iran

1 comment:

JasonSpalding said...

The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “I declare here that the laboratory-scale nuclear fuel cycle has been completed and young scientists produced enriched uranium”. What was his definition of laboratory-scale? Laboratory scale characterization, small scale and pilot scale test method development.