The prospect of Iran with nuclear technology is frightening. Sure, they say they want it only for the peaceful generation of energy, but dare we buy that?
Iran is a country where extremist ayatollahs command the unquestioning, self-flagellating faithful, and the current president is a nutcase with the same taste for psycho-rhetoric as Hussein, Qadaffi, Marcos and Noriega.
Preferably, we’ll seek a diplomatic solution with Iran on the nuclear issue, though they insist they’ll continue with the development of a reactor.
How unfortunate that we focused on finding phantom WMDs in Iraq while their next-door neighbors were already at work on the technology to build real ones.
Even if we did have the resources to attack Iran, we sure as hell don’t need another war in the Middle East. The world doesn’t want it or need it.
If there were a way to enable Iran to create nuclear power with no chance of weaponization, maybe this wouldn’t be an issue. But then, Chernobyl wasn’t a missile plant and it did plenty of damage. All a nuclear plant needs to become deadly is a few misguided individuals.
Which brings me to the 1970 film Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.
In the second installment of the Apes film series, mutant humans possess the last nuclear bomb on earth. As the descendants of victims of a nuclear war, they know the bomb’s frightening power. So, like people do, they make the object of their fear a god and worship it.
They see the bomb as a holy instrument, which they will use in a war with the soon-to-invade apes. They show no hesitation taking someone else’s life or giving up their own for their beliefs. They can’t be reasoned with.
Literal worship of a nuclear bomb was a thinly disguised commentary on the arms race and mankind’s seeming obsession with self-destruction. And just a few decades later we’re in a situation in which a fearless, radical religious sect may actually get a hold of one of these dandies.
You know, people of the kind who shout praise to their god just before killing themselves and others. Should people like this be allowed anywhere near nuclear technology? Or even safety scissors, for that matter?
Now, before anyone throws a tizzy, I am not comparing Iranians to apes. Got it? Are we clear? OK. (In this scenario, in fact, Americans are the apes and Iranians are the mutants.)
What we have in Iran is essentially a radical theocracy that’s trying to develop nukes. Their ranks have a stated belief in holy war, in which there are no nonexpendable lives, including their own.
I don't think the people who developed the first atomic bomb for the US envisioned it getting into fanatical hands. We wanted to end a war quickly and, right or wrong, we did so.
No sooner had we used our big new toy than others naturally looked upon it with envious eyes. Now many others have one, and still others are developing one. Hopefully none of us will use it to end a world quickly; that would definitely be beneath the human race.