Saturday, September 15, 2012

What goes around comes around

(hat tip to the Angry Arab for this ad)

Careful what you wish for
In 1954 president Eisenhower instituted the "Atoms for Peace" program. It was an effort to get countries looking for a peaceful means of using atomic energy. The U.S. supplied other nations with information, technology and even materials for the purpose. The Iranian program continued until the Shah was deposed. The Shah was installed by our government when it overthrew the duly elected leader of Iran but that's another story.

Ironic isn't it?
After the 1979 revolution, the clandestine research program was disbanded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had serious religious reservations about nuclear weapons, which he considered evil in terms of Muslim jurisprudence. Small scale research restarted during the Iran-Iraq War, and underwent significant expansion after the Ayatollah's death in 1989. Iran's nuclear program has included several research sites, two uranium mines, a research reactor, and uranium processing facilities that include three known uranium enrichment plants.

Ed note: Sure wish we'd stop trying to "fix" the world because just maybe it isn't broken.


BBC said...

I don't think any of us will miss mankind when we go to our next level.

S.W. Anderson said...

That ad undermines to some extent the chickenhawks' argument that the only reason Iran is involved with nuclear technology is to build weapons. Then again, the shah was strongly anti-communist and keenly aware of Iran's neighbor to the north, the USSR. He well might have wanted a nuclear deterrent, too.

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