Monday, June 18, 2007
Left to their own devices and given a few nukes, Dick Cheney and John Bolton would turn France into an ash tray prior to handing out Halliburton 'reconstruction' projects, but will they persuade Bush to attack Iran? Latest assessments suggest the argument may be swinging their way. The prospect of this Iranian regime having nukes is terrifying. But, equally, America's ability to do anything about it has been severely diminished by the Iraq debacle. Furthermore, any nation potentially in dispute with the US must regard getting nukes as essential. (Or, indeed, any nation in dispute with Iran - if the Iranians build a nuke, the Saudis will not be far behind.) There would be no question of attacking a nuclear-armed Iran and North Korea doesn't exactly seem ripe for a Halliburton 'reconstruction'. Bone-headed neocon aggression has created a 'get a nuke, get a life' mentality across the world. But, ultimately, all of this merely distracts from the reality with which, either now or later, we will all have to cope - massive nuclear proliferation. Stopping Iran will make no difference to this. I have nothing useful to say about this other than: the human species being what it is, I find it hard to believe there will not be a nuclear war in my lifetime and impossible to believe there will not be one in the lifetime of my daughter.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:28 am