Regions / Iran
If the U.S. attacks Iran - with nuclear or "conventional" bombs - it is virtually certain that Iranian retaliation will be swift and lethal.
Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.
Iran is not the only major challenge to the NPT regime.
With the U.S. military under siege in Iraq, and polls running heavily against the White House's Middle East version of Vietnam, are military strike plans on Iran just bluster and so much talk?
A one-stop shop for understanding the current crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions: the international players, the fuel cycle and major proposals for regulating it, and a policy to steer us to "calmer waters."
History repeating itself?
On February 20th Iran elected its seventh Majlis (parliament) in an election that has been widely criticized by many Iranian and international observers for the heavy-handed manner in which the regime had interfered in the electoral process.
The strong criticisms of Iran’s domestic politics that have been expressed by the President and his spokesmen are being beamed into Iran more vigorously than ever before.
Bush's harsh words and threats seem awkward in a region where Washington's closest allies (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and Jordan) hold utterly meaningless ballots.
In Iran, real political power rests with unelected military, economic, and right-wing ideologues, and in the June 25 runoff election, Iranian voters were forced to choose between two flawed candidates.