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Defusing Nuclear Hysteria

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    A very well reasoned column:

    Defusing Nuclear Hysteria
    Charles Peña

    Even as the International Atomic Energy Agency is meeting with Iranian officials to discuss increasing the openness of Iran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains defiant about Tehran's right to pursue such a program – including uranium enrichment, which would give Iran a de facto nuclear weapon capability.

    This raises the specter of one of the greatest fears in the post-Sept. 11 world: nuclear terrorism.

    Indeed, this was the prospect brandished by President Bush to help gain public support for invading Iraq and deposing Saddam Hussein. "If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year," he said. "And Saddam Hussein would be in a position to pass nuclear technology to terrorists."

    But how likely is it that a regime with ties to terrorist groups would give them a nuclear weapon?

    - rest at www.antiwar.com/pena/?articleid=11524
    #1 KenH, Aug 30, 2007
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2007
  2. hillclimber1

    hillclimber1 Active Member
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    Sep 10, 2006
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    Good article, but this:
    doesn't seem prudent when considering the mind set of these people. I believe Israel is their primary target, and that they are woefully regretful for their shortsightedness in our response to the 9/11 disaster. And to dismiss out of hand, the possibility of these radicals obtaining nukes, is not prudent.

    And this title, "Defusing Nuclear Hysteria", is in itself overstating the situation, and is inflammatory.