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The Iran Dilemma

Posted in Al Quada, America, Britain, European Union, Iran, News, Nuclear Proliferation, Politics, Terrorism, United Nations with tags , , , , on 25/06/2015 by floroy1942

I have for a long time believed that a nuclear deal with Iran will never turn out satisfactorily. Ever since the USA accused them of attempting to make nuclear weapons in 2003, negotiations have been on-going to reach an agreement that would stop the Middle East nation from acquiring these weapons. Iran insists their work is for ‘peaceful purposes’ directed at providing nuclear powered electricity only, and not weapons. however, most of the evidence puts this statement into doubt.

IAEA Inspection Team

IAEA Inspection Team

Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have shown Iran is enriching uranium far beyond that needed for a nuclear reactor to produce electricity. Last year it was revealed that they have successfully created a nuclear trigger which is required to initiate a nuclear explosion. What do they need such a thing for if all they wish to do is produce electricity? Since that time serious negotiations have been taking place to make sure this practice is stopped, and to make Iran agree not to ‘go nuclear’.

At every step of the way through the negotiations since 2004, Iran had placed one roadblock after another to prevent an agreement. But after more than ten years of negotiations some countries cannot see ‘the writing on the wall’ and still live in hope. But the interesting thing is, the research is still going on at secret locations.

Iran Leader Khamenei

Iran Leader Khamenei

Now the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stepped into the ring and stated coldly that Iran will not accept the agreement thus reached and dismantle its nuclear infrastructure unless all sanctions are dropped immediately instead of the phased plan proposed by the USA, no freeze on research, or IAEA inspections of military sites. This means that their research can continue at military sites without the world knowing about it.

So its looks to me that the last eleven years of high level meetings have been all for nothing, and Iran is still determined to go its own way. Put in simple terms, Iran has no intention of giving up its nuclear ambitions which is what I always thought.

For a country that has openly funded and provided weapons to terrorist organizations like al Quada, Hamas, I.S. etc. to have nuclear weapons is probably the most serious threat to peace the world has ever known. The consequences of such an event are unthinkable.

Iran Nuclear Faciclities

Iran Nuclear Facilities

All the years they have been negotiating with smiles on their faces, but I believe there lurks behind the smile a deadly purpose, to become a nuclear power. Nuclear weapons would make them king of the Middle East who could dictate to all the oil rich nations what they should and should not do. With their insane hatred of the USA, they could pass on nuclear weapons to terrorists with the intention of destroying major American cities like Washington or New York and then claim their innocence, that they knew nothing about it.

It may be easy to say, “Oh but they are not that crazy”, but they are Muslims with a belief that when they die they will all get their 72 virgins.

Who Is Aiming At Whom?

Who Is Aiming At Whom?

And what of Israel? If Iran became a nuclear power it may be their plan to follow through on their threat to nuke the country and “remove it from the face of the Earth.” If Iran ever became a nuclear nation there is no telling what they would do with the power. The dangers of a nuclear war in the world would become extremely high if these nutters get the bomb.

Israel has already said that if they proceed and get the materials and ‘know-how’ to make a bomb they will nuke the country to stop it happening. This would be a massive gamble, for it would turn every Muslim on the planet against them, even though secretly  many would be happy they had.

I am sure that every country in the Middle East does not want to see Iran become a nuclear power for their own safety. The leaders of Saudi Arabia have already made it known they would seek to become a nuclear power if Iran does, so where does that leave us?

Reagan and Gorbachov Sign Nuclear Treaty.

Reagan and Gorbachov Sign Nuclear Treaty.

To date the balance of power and the agreements signed between the United States and Russia have removed the threat of an all-out nuclear war on the planet, but if Iran goes nuclear what will happen then? They will become to a great extent a threat to the peace of the world. It could take only one nuclear missile launch to destroy the peace we have known since World War Two. If missiles start flying across the globe there is one thing for sure, mankind will not live to produce another generation.

I sincerely hope I am wrong, but to me there could be hard time ahead for the world. Whichever way you look at it, I am glad I am not a teenager with the whole of my life before me, for if they achieve their ambition dangerous times are ahead.


Should We ‘Take Out’ Iran’s Nuclear Capability?

Posted in Ahmadinajad, Al Quada, Britain, Iran, Israel, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Weapons, Obama, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 03/11/2011 by floroy1942

Information has come to light that not only the USA and Israel are making plans to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites militarily, but now Britain is moving to assist in any such undertaking.

Ministry of Defence - Whitehall London

A report out today suggests the UK military chiefs are currently making contingency plans for a potential pre-emptive strike on Iran because the USA will not wish to go it alone. The belief is that the American government may bring forward plans to destroy one or more of the Iranian nuclear sites with a targeted missile strike to prevent that country becoming a nuclear power.

President Obama is naturally reluctant to take military action against Iran at the moment, for the simple reason he has an election coming next year, and such action would doom his chances of re-election, but it would seem events may make that a non-issue. 

Increasingly disturbing reports are coming out of Iran daily, and a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s nuclear activities, due for release next week, does not appear to be favourable.

Tomahawk Fired From A Submarine

It is believed, quite rightly I’m sure, that the Americans will not want to do this alone, and will request at least Britain’s help. For this reason, military planners in Whitehall London are now engaged in deciding where best to position both ships and submarines carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles, should a strike on Iran become necessary.

Now, before you start getting hot under the collar and filled with righteous indignation, lets take a step backward and review the reasons for such a drastic decision.

It may have escaped your notice that Iran is desperately trying to develop a nuclear weapon of its own. Over the past five years in particular, the evidence has been piling up until its as high as the Washington monument, and that’s very high!

Stuxnet Virus

Various attempts to slow Iranian production of weapons grade material have proven less than satisfactory. A systematic cyber attack (Stuxnet Virus) which disabled up to half of Iran’s centrifuges last year, proved to be inadequate as they have now all been recovered and in fact increased production.

To detail all the events that have taken place on this issue would require a book, but encapsulated it goes like this.

The Iranian nuclear programme was first launched in the 1950’s when the USA, with help from European governments, offered to help Iran develop and build its own nuclear industry, aimed of course at power production only. The country was led by the Shah during those years, and he was a staunch friend of the USA. However, in 1979 came the Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah and replaced his rule with a strict Muslim regime that rapidly became anti-west. Nuclear research continued under these new rulers, but without western assistance.

IAEA Inspection Team at Work

The world first became jittery about Iran’s nuclear ambitions in 2003, following an IAEA report that it had systematically failed to meet its nuclear safeguard obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which it signed in 1968 and ratified in 1970. In 2006 the United Nations issued sanctions against Iran for continued noncompliance with international safeguards.

Iran has spent the last eight years in prevarication while continuing its nuclear programme at full throttle. To any observer, it rapidly became clear that Iran was making excuses and offering to comply ‘soon’ in order to gain time.

 Although the Iranian government consistently claims that its nuclear programme is for ‘peaceful purposes only’, few believe it due to the volume of contradictory evidence coming out of the country. Why for example, has Tehran in the last year conducted work on highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that could only be used for setting off a nuclear device? This information came from a report issued by the IAEA. You don’t need that kind of technology for ‘peaceful purposes’!!!

Ahmadinejad Inspects Enrichment Centrifuges

In the last year or so, uranium enrichment centrifuges have significantly increased in numbers and production, and many have been removed to deep underground bunkers built into mountains to prevent them from being put out of action by air attack. An un-named Whitehall official is quoted as saying that within twelve months, the entire enrichment process will be housed deep underground and be out of reach of air attack. Hence the current urgency behind the planning.

To run a nuclear reactor, uranium needs to be enriched to a level of 5%, however, this material can also be used to make nuclear weapons, and further enrichment makes any nuclear weapon more powerful. It is estimated that Iran has already enriched sufficient uranium for between two and four nuclear bombs.

Iran and al Quada?

The dangers of a nation like Iran possessing nuclear weapons is clear. This country has for decades been staunchly anti-west, and in particular, anti-Israel. The Iranian leader has often been quoted as saying “Israel should be wiped off the map”. Such utterances, and its continued backing over the years of a succession of terrorist organizations from the PLO in the eighties and nineties, to al Quada and the Taliban currently, have led to total mistrust in anything Iran does.

It is widely accepted that Iran is more than willing to take action against Israel should it have the means, and with an arsenal of nuclear weapons it would only be a matter of time. Do not forget that as early as 2008 they test fired a missile capable of reaching American bases in the Middle East, as well as Israel.

The Nuclear Destruction of a Building

The jewish nation has already made it abundantly clear it will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons, and who can blame them, for to ignore this threat would be to commit suicide. It is possible this is linked to a major missile test carried out by Israel this week in preparation for a pre-emptive strike.

The Gulf

Apart from the Israel problem, the west has many friends among the Arab nations of the Middle East, chiefly, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Most, if not all are the main suppliers of oil to the west and any change in allegiance would cause catastrophe.

Iran, with nuclear weapons would be in an unassailable position to totally dominate the Middle East and dictate to its neighbours what they should do and who they should trade with. This, as I am sure you will realise, is perhaps the biggest threat to world peace in the 21st century.

Your City?

Iran has made little secret of its unbridled hatred of the West and is suspected of being behind many serious terror attacks. Should it gain nuclear weapons however, the dangers increase a hundred-fold. What is to stop them from making a nuclear device and giving it to al Quada or some other terror organization? It is not too difficult to smuggle a nuclear device into western countries, and what would the target be: New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin; the list is endless. Would you like to be sitting in a cafe having your morning coffee one second, and vaporized the next? Such an attack would kill millions, plus all those who die later from radiation sickness!

There is little doubt that an ‘unprovoked’ attack on Iran will have its perils. Although unable to strike back militarily, Iran is sure to harness the power of its terrorist friends across the globe, and try and unite the ‘Arab Cause’ behind it using the attack as an excuse. Even if we can stop Iran from getting ‘the bomb’ it will not end there, but it will be far better than the alternative.

The Pentagon

So, knowing now what is going on in the corridors of Whitehall and the Pentagon, don’t ‘get on your high horse’ and start getting all righteous and ‘holier than thou’, for the decisions made today may be the ones to save the world from a nuclear holocaust tomorrow. Rememeber, that the people making these decisions do not make them lightly and they have access to a lot more information than you or I, and are therefore in a better position to assess what is required.

Be left in no doubt, that an Iran with nuclear weapons will be the biggest threat to world peace this planet has ever known.  


The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Lust for Power

Posted in Ahmadinajad, Arab, Insanity, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Israel, Modern World, North Korea, Nuclear, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Weapons, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/06/2010 by floroy1942

Our Nuclear World

In 1970 The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) came into force signed by the then three nuclear powers, and ratified by 40 other nations. Since that date many other states have accepted the treaty by accession, and now a total of 189 countries have agreed to abide by its rules.

India and Pakistan

Only three nations, India, Pakistan and Israel refused to be a part of the treaty agreements. India began testing nuclear weapons in 1974 which forced Pakistan to go down the same road. Now both nations have a considerable number of nuclear weapons designed principally to keep the other at bay in their age-old conflict.

Under Scrutiny

Israel is another non-signatory that has developed a sophisticated nuclear arsenal, which is believed to include submarine launched nuclear tipped cruise missiles. In the case of Israel however, surrounded as she is by ‘unfriendly’ nations, one can perhaps understand the country’s predicament.

North Korea, while originally accepting the treaty, withdrew in January 2003, the reason for which quickly became obvious. Iran ratified the treaty on the 5th of March 1970 and although it has not withdrawn, is suspected of developing nuclear weapons.

Now a new player is on the block!

News came in this week that Burma is the latest country with nuclear ambitions despite acceding to the treaty in December 1992, and you know what they say; ‘There is no smoke without fire’. Based on information from a former Burmese Army Major, Sei Theen Win, the accusation has not been corroborated but shall we say, suspicions run deep.

One Way To Make Money!

One of the disturbing factors here appears to be the high level of co-operation between North Korea and the Burmese Military Junta, which is not surprising. North Korea is a desperately poor country, and one of the sure-fire ways of making money and friends is to export its limited nuclear technology to those countries and governments that aspire to being nuclear states. North Korea is known to have collaborated with Iran on its nuclear ambitions.

Nations like North Korea and Iran think they can ‘Stand Tall’ among the international community, and in particular their neighbouring states, by possessing ‘The Bomb’, although many will say for these two nations it is more about military superiority in their sphere of influence. Whichever way you look at it, its all about power!

Burma has been under military rule since the ‘coup d’etat’ by General Ne Win in 1962 which effectively ended democracy in the country. Pursuing a policy of isolationism, the military rulers of Burma managed to keep a lid on things until May 2008, when Cyclone Nargis destroyed large areas of the Irriwaddy Delta which supplied most of the nations rice. The initial refusal of the military junta to allow United Nations assistance to enter the country with much needed supplies caused a backlash for the junta that is still felt today.

After the devastation, civil unrest grew to huge proportions with mass protests in the streets of all the major cities, and the power of the junta was threatened. Opposition to military rule began to ferment, and in order to silence opposition the junta promised to hold elections, but their main protagonist Suu Kyi, leader of the anti-government movement was arrested and sentenced to house arrest by the junta.

This Way Kim! This Way!

Having successfully dealt the opposition a fatal blow they are now, it would seem, turning to the nuclear option. Which ever way you look at it, and whatever spin you put on it, Burma has no logical reason for wanting nuclear weapons unless it is a means for the military junta to retain power. Burma has not been threatened by any nation since WW2, so why would they want such weapons? You are left with the inevitable; Power!

Pull The Other Leg Ahmed!

Iran wants to be ‘Top Dog’ in the Middle East, apart that is from blowing Israel off the map. Fanatics like Ahmadinejad seem the think that with nuclear weapons, Iran will be able to throw its weight around and no-one will dare say anything against them. Because the middle east is the world’s most important supplier of oil, this could have serious ramifications. Again its all about ‘Power!’

Kim Jong-il's View of the World

So far as North Korea is concerned, the regime of Kim Jong-il has felt threatened from outside its borders ever since the end of the Korean war, principally by South Korea  and the USA, and therefore has taken steps to ensure the ‘wolves’ remain at bay. With the regimes finger on the trigger it is for sure that no-one will start a war with the North. By the acquisition of nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-il and his cohorts have successfully stalemated the Far East and ensured their continued survival.

For many governments, regimes and even individuals, power is a drug far more intoxicating than cocaine and must be retained at any cost. Such is our modern way of life.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” words first uttered in 1887 by  Sir John Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902) an English historian.


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