How Bad Would it Be

for Iran to get nukes? Well, it would be pretty bad for Israel, that's for sure. It would also be moderately bad for Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. It could also be pretty bad for the US and every other power that depends on Gulf oil - Europe, China, Japan, etc. Russia might not care too much - what could Iran do, attack them?

So what to do about it?

Sanctions - not likely to work and likely to cause trouble, like $125/bbl oil.

Bomb Iran? Likely to get us chased out of the Middle East. Think $200 oil. Also not likely to work in the long run.

I think that the only real hope is a comprehensive world treaty, with strict rules and strict enforcement.

One slightly crazy idea would be for the traditional great powers (US, China, Russia, France, Britain and maybe India) maintaining a near monopoly on nuclear weapons. Israel and Pakistan might be permitted to keep a few under strict supervision. All other countries would be guaranteed against attack by the great powers. Any country attempting to develop nuclear weapons and refusing inspection would be subject to the death penalty.

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  1. Steve Bloom9:30 PM

    Yeah, we'd nuke 'em! :(

    IMHO the game was up when Israel (aka Our Colony in the Middle East)was allowed to get away with it. As I think I mentioned before, the ultimate conclusion to this will be a nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran that for obvious geographic reasons Israel will lose, permanently.

    Alternatively, to extend your idea slightly, how about the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and maybe India being permitted to keep a few under strict supervision? Without the moral authority generated by some step along those lines, I see no way out.

    Now, a question: After Israel gets whacked, does the U.S. retaliate against whatever's left of Iran?

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