Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why concern about Iran's nuclear program?

I mean, they aren't threatening to send nuclear weapons to the U.S., and they aren't particularly upset at Europe. The one country that's under threat from Iran's nuclear weapons program is Israel, yet all of the coverage of it in the U.S. assumes that Iran's nuclear program is an existential threat to America and to the whole world. Not true. For sure, the idea of one country using nuclear weapons on another is a grave concern, however, maybe it would be appropriate to ask Israel to give up it's over one hundred nuclear weapons it possesses, along with its nuclear enrichment plant at Dimona, before talking about Iran's nuclear weapons.

In the U.S., we seem to conflate "Threat to Israel" with "Threat to the United States" constantly. The two aren't the same, by any means, and the people who write about Iran should be more honest about who in the world is primarily concerned with Iran arming itself.

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