Iran in Space

25 02 2007

The BBC is reporting that

Iranian media say the country has successfully launched its first rocket capable of reaching space.

If true, this is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers around the world.   The possibility of them straping a nuclear weapon to the end of one of these is what is frightening to many.

I’ve always felt a bit of sympathy for aspiring nuclear countries.  Maybe it is because I’ve a general disdain for bullies.  I’ve never bought into the logic that it is ok for the United States to have the largest nuclear arsenal in the world (capable of destroying the world, many, many times over) and then tell other countries they better not even try to obtain them.  On top of that, the United States remains the only country to have used a nuclear weapon – and we don’t have such a great track record as far as nonviolence is concerned.  We invaded Iraq for practically no reason – why should Iran feel safe?

All I’m saying is that if I were Iran, I’d want nuclear weapons.  We should be setting the example, not being the biggest bully in the world.

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28 02 2007
Stephen

We couldn’t destroy the whole planet. We could launch every nuclear weapon ever made since the ’40s, and we’d only wipe out most life, ours included. The planet itself would go merrily on its way, eventually cleaning itself from this nasty human infection, perhaps to serve as a host to more life in a couple thousand centuries.

Anyway, it is more than just us wanting to be the biggest bully. The French concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) so desperately clung to by President Nixon is still fresh and alive 40 years later. No one in America wants Iran to have nuclear weapons, because it’s possible (though highly unlikely) that they’ll attack us. If the Iranians go nuclear, as a country that is in what our pResident calls the Axis of Evil, they will be bombed to near-extinction. We will strike so quickly I don’t even want to think about it. Millions of citizens will be slaughtered in the blink of an eye because their President defied the will of the sole superpower on the planet.

Ahmadinejad should know that, so long as we have a cowboy with his finger on the button, going nuclear would eradicate his country. Iraq was invaded for so many stupid reasons I don’t even want to think about it, but one of them was controlling the oil revenue of the region. Though Iran’s ~$160B GDP is primarily from the oil trade, America’s goal would not to be controlling that. Bush would push the red button and then slap his hands together for a barbecue.

I can see why they want nuclear weapons. But the current theory is that so long as the only people to ever use a nuclear weapon in war still has them, places like North Korea (not really, since Bush doesn’t really care about trying to run his Ford Excursion off of rice) and Iran won’t get them. If Iran goes nuclear, capable of hurling a nuclear weapon at our one and only friend in that region (otherwise known as the most hated group of people within a thousand miles, Israel), Bush will strike. So would Gore. So would any other President.

That all said, no one should be fearing us at the moment. We couldn’t successfully invade Haiti right now. Army’s spread way too thin. But I know what you mean about having sympathy. Reminds me of the old adage, “If you ban guns, only criminals will have guns.” It’s a horrible hyperbole, but there is a certain ring of truth to it. I’m also against any nation run by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei having even slingshots. Crazy bastards.

1 03 2007
Mitchell

By destroy the planet, i meant life, it’s an expression. Anyway . . .
I don’t think that Iran would launch against Israel (unless, of course, they have a death wish). I also don’t think that we would strike if the achieve nuclear capability. I forsee a standoff similar to the cuban missle crisis.
I don’t think any country could get away with launching a nuclear attack. The reprocutions from the international community would be severe – and there are only a few contries that could survive like that. I would think that even the US would not launch due to this very same reason. I would hope that Bush isn’t that stupid. . . but he is pretty damn stupid so i don’t know . . .

here’s a quote from William S. Burroughs, you know, for fun.

We have a new type of rule now.
Not one man rule or rule of aristocracy or plutocracy,
But of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power
By random pressures and subject to political and economic factors
That leave little room for decision.
They’re representatives of abstract forces
Who’ve reached power through surrender of self.
The Iron-Will Dictator is a thing of the past.
There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers.
The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds
Are rulers by accident,
Inept, frightened pilots at the controls
Of a vast machine they cannot understand,
Calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.

William S. Burroughs

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