New Article by Muhammad SahimiPosted: July 25, 2013 Filed under: Nuclear 4 Comments
Professor Muhammad Sahimi of USC has just published an article in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, recounting and analyzing the history and dilomacy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. THIS IS A MUST READ, PEOPLE!
I’m surprised that Professor Sahimi with all his experience doesn’t get that there really isn’t a nuclear crisis, but instead a political crisis. Iran has hegemony in the Middle East and the U.S. wants it (back) along with dismantling support for Hezbollah.
I think it is a little bit more complicated than that. The major actors that want to maintain hegemony, Israel and US, can live with IRI with third rated conventional weapons.
Use Iranian air force as an example, it is beyond obsolete, and the same can be said about other weapons (Shahab 3, etc.).
But what a nuclear weapons capability does is far more scary to the regional players, even if Iran has not weaponized it. This is the “Beware of Dogs” sign syndrome, you are not sure if there is a dog or not.
I totally agree with you. This is a political dispute, not a nuclear one. I have said so many times. The editors reworded it.
Thank you sir. You are a professor and a gentleman. Smart, too.