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Iran has the right to possess nuclear weapons

By Khalid Amayreh

One of the most scandalous manifestations of the present international order is the so-called “nuclear hypocrisy.” The United States, the only country to have committed a nuclear holocaust, is insisting that Iran has no right to possess a nuclear capability.

This nearly pornographic hypocrisy which the U.S. displays vis-à-vis the issue of nuclear proliferation is provocative and indefensible.

The US thinks it is fine to have Israel possess several hundred nuclear bombs and warheads, along with their American-supplied or Israeli-manufactured delivery systems. However, the same America vehemently rejects the very suggestion that Iran, or any other Middle Eastern country, should possess a nuclear capability.

The US, along with influential Zionist circles which control US politics to a large extent, routinely come up with a spate of largely spurious arguments about the inadmissibility of an Iranian nuclear capability.

They claim that Iranian leaders are too unreasonable, too unbalanced and might be too suicidal, as Bernard Lewis once claimed, to be allowed to possess a nuclear capability.

Another irrational claim is that once Iran possessed such a capability, it might attack the terrorist state of Israel, an entity armed to the teeth.

Well, these arguments are ridiculous as much as they are mendacious. First of all, the claim that the Iranian leadership is irrational, unbalanced and un-calculating is based more on racist western, especially American, stereotypes than on reasonable evidence. The Iranian leadership may occasionally seem too adventurous, but it is certainly not irrational.

Even with regard to its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iranian leadership consistently displayed a great deal of reasonableness and moderation.

The Iranian regime has repeatedly called for an equitable settlement for the Palestinian question based on the dismantlement of the infrastructure of racism and apartheid under Zionism. This is a fair and just demand by any standard of equity and justice.

Indeed, Iran has never ever called for the extermination of any group of people, including Jews. In the final analysis, justice for the Palestinians, which overrides Zionism and its vacuous whims, doesn’t mean and in no way implies “annihilation of Jews” as the barking dogs of Zionist hasbara keep claiming.

The truth of the matter is that the Zionists keep invoking these rhetoric hypes and morbid lies in order to gain more western support for their own efforts to destroy the Palestinian community through the ongoing slow-motion holocaust and ethnic cleansing meted out to the Palestinian people.

More to the point, it would be unthinkable to even imagine Iran using weapons of mass destruction against Israel which possesses a huge stockpile of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. I think most Israeli and western strategic planners know this fact too well.

But if so, what then keeps the US and Israel, and the rest of the chorus, blathering about “stopping and checking the Iranian threat?”

Well, the answer is very clear. The West simply wants to maintain Israel’s nuclear monopoly over the Muslim Middle East from Pakistan in the east to the Maghreb in the West. This Zionist supremacy, which is already in place, would effectively enable Israel to seriously blackmail and bully more than 500 million Muslims into submission.


It is pathetic, lamentable and scandalous to see a large and important country such as Egypt lack a nuclear capability that would deter Israel from carrying out some of its morbid follies such as bombing the Aswan Dam, a possibility invoked by the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

After all, nations that respect themselves don’t rely on the goodwill of habitual aggressors such as Israel .

When and if the hour of truth arrives, God forbid, nothing will help the eighty million Egyptians. Only a total surrender to the whims of the Judeo-Nazi regime would save Egypt from a nuclear holocaust at the hands of the Hitlers and Eichmanns of our time. Their cries will not be heard by a whoring world enslaved by the me-first doctrine.

Perhaps the prospect of Israel using weapons of mass destruction against its Arab and Muslim neighbors seems fairly unlikely now. However, the present situation could very well change when the genocidal fanatics of Gush Emunim and religious Zionism reach power in Israel.

According to most experts, the seizure of power by these genocidal elements, mostly through ballots, is not a matter of “if” but rather a matter of “when” as the Israeli Jewish society continues to drift menacingly toward religious fascism.

In the past, the “Samson Option” e.g. Israel using nuclear weapons against a neighboring Arab country, would be resorted to only in case Israel was about to face a mortal an existential danger, e.g. annihilation at the hands of one or a group of Arab states.

However, this doesn’t mean at all that Israel wouldn’t use nuclear threats to blackmail and bully its neighbors into submission once a real crisis broke out over such problems as the shrinking water resources in the Middle East.

There is no doubt that the collective Arab failure to possess a genuine strategic deterrent vis-à-vis Israel might eventually be proven one of the most fateful blunders ever to be committed by the Arabs.

None the less, if the Arabs choose to succumb to their own impotence, there is no reason why the Iranians should follow suit. Iran, like Pakistan, has a right to possess a nuclear deterrence to protect its people from the prospect of annihilation by arrogant evil predators such as Israel. Yes, such a prospect may not be credible right now, but who would guarantee that Israel wouldn’t fall into the hands of a fully-fledged Nazi-like leadership ten or twenty years from now? In fact, one could argue with little exaggeration that Israel is already in the grip of a quasi-Nazi leadership. Remember, the holocaust didn’t start with Auschwitz , but much earlier with generally mundane German policies that appeared relatively innocuous and reversible.

These are not phobic calculations or far-fetched speculations. The genocidal Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip last year, a mini-genocide carried out in full view of a hypocritical and callous world, would very much look like a minor skirmish compared to what could happen if Israel’s genocidal urges are not kept under control.

For sure, nothing, absolutely nothing, could keep Israel at bay except a genuine deterrent, the kind of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) that kept the peace in Europe during the Cold War era.

We owe it to our children to have them protected from the specter of genocide at the hands Nazi-minded Zionists who would do the unthinkable in order to see their messianic whims fulfilled.

Trust is good, so are hope and good will, but these virtues alone wouldn’t be sufficient to shield our people from the prospect of annihilation at the hands of a diabolical force.

Khalid Amayreh is a journalist living in Palestine. He obtained his MA in journalism from the University of Southern Illinois in 1983. Since the 1990s, Mr. Amayreh has been working and writing for several news outlets among which is Aljazeera.net, Al-Ahram Weekly, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), and Middle East International. He can be reached through politics.indepth@iolteam.com.


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