Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Putin Says Iran Is Not Pursuing Nuclear Weapons

In a recent statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran to be transparent in its pursuit of nuclear energy, and has told the rest of the world that their is no evidence of any intent on Iran's part to pursue nuclear weapons. So, he says of his own country's negotiations with Iran, "[W]e proceed from an assumption that Iran has no such plans."

Here are a few reasons Putin's statements don't reassure me:

1. Putin has made sweeping changes in Russia, stymieing free speech and any hint of opposition, taking a step backward from democracy.

2. Russia has been a long-time ally of Iran, and Iraq before the war there. They have sold weapons and supported them in other military capacities for some time.

3. Iran and especially its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are radical, "fundamentalist," Muslims who have expressed interest in global expansion (especially of Islam) and the destruction of Israel at whatever cost. What could help the Muslim cause more (in their eyes) than nuclear arms to stop the West and their pet Israel?

It seems to me that Putin is covering for his ally. Iran wants nuclear energy less for energy concerns within its borders as for warmongering outside it. We can also be sure that this nation which, along with Saudi Arabia, has equipped so many Muslim extremists with guns, rockets, and bomb parts, will certainly also equip them with nuclear terrorist capabilities. Iran may be at least as dangerous as North Korea, merely because of its religious zeal.

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