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Toward Brinksmanship: Iran Enriches Ur to 3%

11-Apr-06 06:18 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
I have a lot of friends who could b edescribed as "peacenicks".  However, they’re going to find it hard to deny that Iran represents a threat, more real than any Iraq ever posted.
 
It’s sad though – the very ccerdability issue I predicted would be faced by the U.S. long ago as it was planning and promoting its campaign against Iraq has manifested quite readily with this latest challenge to U.S influence by Iran.  But there are several key facts that make Iran’s threat to world peace credible:
  • It claims to have enriched Uranium to 3% – enough for its supposed "peaceful" use, yet it still operates and is expanding use of enrichment centerfuges, according to the BBC
  • Iran has "hardned" many of its nuclear facilities against the threat of bombing from U.S. and Israeli forces.  Legitimate, given that Israel has bombed Iranian facilities in the past, but also indicates a military purpose.
  • Iran currently has no facilities which can use the fuel generated by its nuclear programme – adding to the suspected military goal of its enrichment programme.  Only a single facaility built by the Russians in the country can accept the enriched fuel, and the Russians are supplying all the needed fuel for that facility.

The U.S. as yet is not believed to actually have a military option or strategy concerning Iran.  The military options are few and almost all would involve a limited nuclear strike according to analysts.  Yet is the world ready to accept such an option even with a nuclear threat posed by Iran?

Not likely….and, sadly, I’m not sure that’s the smartest move here….

 

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