Mehdi Hasan penned an interesting article yesterday about the perfectly reasonable thought processes percolating through the minds of the Iranian leadership (and indeed its populace) as regards the nuclear issue. No doubt for western readers baby fed the Iranian Nuclear Bogeyman line that the MSM has been pushing now for decades, Mehdi’s title is rather provocative.
But it is only that way, if you are ignorant of the realities of the region and indeed Iran’s history, which is a history that involves suffering a CIA backed coup and a devastating war bankrolled by the US, all within living memory. Also as Mehdi highlights, the fate of non-nuclear regimes in the region isn’t exactly an advertisement for the benefits of lacking such a deterrent.
This very simple and understandable thought process, that there’s less chance of your state being aggressively attacked by another/others if you have a nuclear deterrent in your hip pocket, appears to have escaped the rather rudimentary thought processes of some of Mehdi’s critics on Twitter. In particular this rather snide remark from a guy named Luke Bozier, who takes dodgy photos of Labour Leader Ed Miliband at the Labour Friends of Israel shindig
I have asked Mr Bozier on twitter, to explain his rationale here – alas to no avail. He also tweeted that it would be good if Mehdi ‘just buggered off to Tehran’ – would he have made this remark toward a white British person? Other, shall we say, more experienced commentators take a differing view from Mr Bozier, a view its difficult to argue with…
1. Iran’s efforts are not irrational. America invaded Iran’s western and eastern neighbors in quick succession, while putting Iran on notice that it, too, was on the list of George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” Decades of history tell Tehran: Get the Bomb, and the U.S. will never invade. Iran’s logic here is unassailable.
To clarify, nowhere in his article does Mehdi support or endorse Iran joining the nuclear club, but to highlight the perfectly reasonable thinking behind Iran’s considerations is not a crime, nor is it wrong. Indeed Iran getting the bomb is viewed by some as the more reasonable and rational outcome compared to the alternatives being considered.
Who is at fault however, are those people who claim Mehdi has done something wrong here…like our Mr Bozier.
Update* – As Ramzi points out below, a top Israeli official can even bring himself to acknowledge the logic behind Iran’s Nuclear ambitions.