With the self-imposed March 31 deadline more attention needs to be given to what is going on with the negotiations related to Iran’s nuclear program.
Reports have stated that the deal would limit Iran’s nuclear activity for at least 10 years but, eventually ease restrictions on potential weapon programs. The “sunset clause” is one of the main causes for concern but, the deal would also effectively reverse United Nations Security Council Resolution 1696 demanding that the Iranians cease all nuclear activities and allow a sworn enemy of the United States to continue on the path to gaining nuclear weapons. Tehran, of course says that their nuclear program is for peaceful reasons. However, if recent history is any lesson we should be very concerned and skeptical. On September 19, 2005 North Korea committed to abandoning all of its nuclear weapons and existing programs. On October 9, 2006 the North Koreans detonated their first nuclear weapon. Pyongyang has deep ties with Tehran in many military aspects including nuclear technology.
Iran contributed to the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Iran funds terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah which wage continuous war on Israel. Furthermore, Hezbollah was responsible for the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing that killed 241 American servicemen. In 2011 the United States tied Iran to a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States as well as plots to potentially bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington as well the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been ringing the alarm of the idea of giving the terrorist state a chance to acquire nuclear weapons, of which only a handful would be need to vaporize the tiny nation of Israel. Iranian leaders have called for Israel’s destruction and have been consistent Holocaust deniers.
But, the Jewish State is not the only Middle Eastern country worried about a nuclear armed Iran. Sunni Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have feared the deal could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. One Arab official said, “At this stage, we prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal.”
One would think that the United States being the world’s only superpower, with a military strong enough to destroy the Iranian regime anytime it wanted to, that it would be the Iranians begging for a deal. However, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi has stated, “the Americans are begging us for a deal on the negotiation table,” and that American officials “plea” and that the United States is negotiating from a position of weakness. It has also been reported that Iranian Foreign Minister “frequently shouts at Western diplomats” including John Kerry and that bodyguards have had to intervene to stop potential altercations.
Leaving Iran with the capability to flip the nuclear switch whenever it wants to is a disaster for the United States and for our allies, most specifically Israel. The United States took its foot of the neck of the Iranian economy and should now put it back on with more force than it did before and attempt to sanction the regime until it crumbles from within. Iran is not North Korea, Iran is a theocracy which could justify the selling of nuclear information to terrorists or the use of actual nuclear weapons through the lens of Islam, whereas North Korea is the definition of an atheistic state and would have nothing to gain from blowing up South Korea, Japan, or the United States, that does not mean the United States should ignore North Korea but, an Iran armed with nuclear weapons would be far more concerning. Just as North Korea lied and covered their way through arms talks, so can the Iranians. So-called “moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has admitted to lying and violating agreements with the West in the past, leading Netanyahu to call him, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” An Iran with nuclear weapons could turn the already perpetually unstable Middle East into a regional nuclear arms race with nuclear weapons potentially falling into the hands of terrorist groups and could put the existence of the state of Israel in serious jeopardy.
In a perfect world the United States would stand up and walk away from the table and Congress would do everything it can its power to reinstate sanctions on Iran and do everything it can to derail the dangerous precedent of allowing a terrorist state to potentially acquire nuclear weapons. However, it looks like Obama will enable Iran to become a nuclear armed state, whether that occurs on his watch or becomes a problem for some future president is yet to be seen, and when Iran does become a nuclear power Obama will join Neville Chamberlain in the line of history’s biggest appeasers.