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Paul Pillar »
Fears of a bomb in Tehran’s hands are overhyped, and a war to prevent it would be a disaster.
…Thus we find ourselves at a strange pass. Those in the United States who genuinely yearn for war are still a neoconservative minority. But the danger that war might break out—and that the hawks will get their way—has nonetheless become substantial. The U.S. has just withdrawn the last troops from one Middle Eastern country where it fought a highly costly war of choice with a rationale involving weapons of mass destruction. Now we find ourselves on the precipice of yet another such war—almost purely because the acceptable range of opinion on Iran has narrowed and ossified around the “sensible” idea that all options must be pursued to prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons. >continue<
A scholarly long read well worth attention. The dangerously unexamined notion that Iran cannot be allowed to possess nuclear weapons continually reasserts itself in a building siren song. An ‘existential threat to Israel’ gets assumed as a given in what looks like a charade to deflect attention from the real worry, potential threats to Western influence and de facto control over the Persian Gulf. And as this dubious line falls into the trap of taking itself too seriously, feverishly pressing Iran on all fronts, ironically it becomes harder to imagine any Iranian’s capacity to ascertain a rational argument for not acquiring nuclear weapons.
The present amplitude and velocity of war talk enjoins the highest duty to vigorously question whole networks of assumptions.
Lengthy yet interesting and informative Q&A.
A university professor has been killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in northern Tehran, Iranian media reported.
The professor was a “nuclear scientist” who “supervised a department at Natanz Enrichment Facility, the Fars news agency said.
The incident on Wednesday coincided with the anniversary of a explosion that killed a senior Iranian nuclear scientist.
Witnesses said a motorcyclist stuck a magnetic bomb on the side of the car which then exploded, killing one and injuring two people inside.
Some high stakes stuff, this. I mean, this is pretty much unacceptable, that these kinds of assassinations are still around.
Potential, interesting topics I’ve been reading up on for a while for a literature review school project, most of which are either too complicated for me at the moment, too broad or I can’t find enough primary sources:
Now I’m thinking about writing it on artificial photosynthesis. That is if I can recover from substantial brainmelt.