Jewish bomb, Muslim Bomb, Christian and Hindu Bomb, Communist bomb, all are stupid and useless and a waste of time. Tens of thousands of bombs did not prevent the collapse and break up of the Soviet Union. Tens of thousands of bombs did not prevent the financial collapse of the United States and did not prevent “terrorists attack”. The Pakistani bomb did not prevent the state from the verge of being a failed state. The Indian bomb did not feed the more than 400 millions living on $1 a day. The N. Korean bomb did not prevent the death of over 2 millions from starvation. And neither Israel’s bombs will save Israel from the inevitable One State solution.
These days there is so much talk about Iran and its nuclear program, with Secretary Kerry shuttling between Geneva, Paris, Tel-Aviv, Riyadh, Abu-Dhabi searching for consensus as the 5+1 meet with the Iranians in efforts to reach a deal on its nuclear program. Israel using its power, influence even “veto” power over Western countries continues is trying to block any deal, even threatening war on Iran and is doing its best to excite the US Congress to scuttle any deal with Iran. The French already succumbed to Israel “veto”.
Of course so far, the Iranians insists the technology and use is for peaceful means, i.e., nuclear energy, medical use and research, while the US and its allies not knowing what it is going, or chose not to know, insist the technology has military use. Caught in the Middle is the Gulf Arab countries worried both about Iran’s expanding military capabilities and worried about the safety of Iran’s nuclear program and for good reasons.
Meanwhile in Tel-Aviv, Washington, Berlin, Paris and London, no one talks of Israel’s 250 plus nuclear weapons and no one of course talk about Israel’s intentions giving the fact it did not sign the international treaty for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Iran did and one has to say in defense of Iran it did and does allows intentional inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities and in fact signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Of course we have to remember it was the US during the late Shah that gave Iran its first nuclear facilities, so why the fuss now?
The problem with Iran is it system of government which allows clergy men, the likes of Khameini to be the supreme ruler and the ultimate decision maker, thus depriving the democratic and electoral process out of true essence which is the people’s representation. I never understood nor could I accept the idea that Muslim clerics rule and have a say so in the people affairs, let alone accept Iran’s model of “Wilyat Al-Faqih” which translate to the supremacy of the clergy class. Of course the late Khomaini wanting to make sure that his class is never marginalized like in the days of the Shah, introduced the idea of Wilyat Al-Faqih to make sure that control of Iran is always with the clergy and never by the people’s representative.
I am very leery and worried about the course of civilization when crazy Muslim, Jewish, Christian or Hindu clergy takes charge; the world is in real trouble.
Iran’s nuclear program is scaring the Arab gulf countries and for good reasons. In addition to having a neighbor with possible nuclear weapons next door, without any kind of system of checks and balances within the governing system and with the decision making process shifting from one center of power to another is of major concern to the Gulf Arabs.
In addition we are always reminded of the failures in Chernobyl and the Three Miles Island and we know what a failure can mean to so many people within and outside the borders. Nuclear technology is nothing to miss around with and failures will mean death for a long time to come.
One only need to look at Kazakhstan, where the Soviet conducted most of their nuclear experiment, half of the country, literary dead, and will be dead for millions of years.
Personally I am against the Arabs wasting their time and money on nuclear weapons, since I do not believe that nuclear weapons will solve any problem or provide any protection. All the nuclear weapons of Israel, China, Russia, USA, France, UK, N. Korea, Pakistan and India are nothing but a waste of time.
Any country that will use nuclear weapons will be doomed, even if it dooms others. Israel, a real source of danger for the world, is the only country with so much permanent psychological damage and screwed up hateful and racists minds that may opt to use nuclear weapons. But then will it use it against the Palestinians in Ramallah or in Gaza or use it against Iran, or Turkey, even against the US. The danger here is that Israel technology so far is not yet developed to make a distinction between Arabs and Jews. But then who knows may be the Israelis with the help of the Americans will develop a weapon system that can kill only Arabs or Iranians or Turks even if these people are standing among bunch of Israeli Jews. Who knows every thing is possible?
The best thing for the Arabs, especially the Gulf Arabs to do is try and form some kind of active cooperation with Iran and jointly developed and invest in nuclear technology for peaceful means. Making sure that Iran’s nuclear program is not for military use and by joining Iran in the development of its program they insure the safety and upping the technology given the fact that the Arab gulf countries have the financial and political connections to secure the best nuclear technology anywhere in the world.
The problem with Iran’s nuclear program is the fact that it did not sign a peace treaty with Israel and if and when it does, all of the problems the US, France, Germany, and England have with Iran will go away in an instant. It is not the issue of safety of the Arabs and the oil sources that is troubling America, it is the potential danger to Israel that such a technology may have. If the Islamic Republic of Iran establishes diplomatic relations with Israel the entire affairs will simply disappear from the radar screen and no one in the White House or in Berlin will talk about the crazy and unstable Mullahs of Iran.
Again, back to the Arab countries, I think the Arab atom bomb is a stupid idea and an irresponsible idea and is a waste of time, money, and efforts, when the Arab countries can put the cost of such investment in human development where it counts and not in weapons, they will never be allowed to have it let alone use.
The Arab world does not need more weapons, they need to put the costs of such weapons and invest it in infrastructures and in their own people. There are no needs to keep the West weapon factories going, while their own people are having a tough time finding a decent job. Let us see what Israel will do with all of its 250 nuclear bombs. Perhaps it will use them as it did the more than one million cluster bombs dropped on civilian targets in Lebanon. If and when Israel does use its nuclear bombs, it means the end of a state called “Israel”.
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation, and defense, in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.