Focus on Iran

The Conservative government will push the G8 to stop nuclear Iran (though Iran currently has no nuclear weapons). All the while viewing the regions other potentially apocalyptic threat, Israel’s nuclear weapons, as outside scrutiny, despite the fact that Israel has an already existing nuclear stockpile.  It is a double standard that also includes India and Pakistan, countries which, writes politics instructor Ted Snider the US (and Canada) “at best, turned a blind eye to, and, at worst, and more realistically, aided each of these countries in their successful pursuits of nuclear weapons.”

The G8 has been kind enough to open dialogue with Iran over their nuclear program, though they are calling for strong measures against them as well. Setting aside the unspeakable fact that four G8 countries are nuclear weapons states themselves, there is little evidence that Iran has nuclear capabilities, or will in the future. The White House even announced this back in February.

This raises questions about who gets to decide who can have nuclear weapons (let alone which countries have 95% of them – the US and Russia). This creates a dire situation where you have a few countries with most of the weapons, and other countries clamoring for them to ensure they will be heard and not pushed around by the major players. Instead, we get the following double standard: ‘we  have nuclear weapons for making peace – they have/want them for making war – trust us.’

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