I've been wondering if I should post about this topic, and this morning I felt strongly that I needed to make a few statements regarding Iran's nuclear achievement this week. Allowing Iran to obtain this milestone is a mistake for the region and the world.
I feel as though I am witnessing another episode of the North Korean debacle where appeasement and simple stupidity allowed an unstable leader to obtain weapons that could destroy life as we know it.
First, without question, Iran does not have a "right" to have a nuclear program.
Second, all countries (with the exception of Syria) are concerned about the arming and equipping of Iran with this power.
Third, Iran's leadership has simply stated that their intent is to destroy Israel. When I hear people defend Iran and suggest that they are just like any other country that is peaceful, I have to question their sanity. No other current day nation other than perhaps China has declared that another nation must be conquered or destroyed (Taiwan / Israel). Frankly, that isn't good company to be in.
Fourth, Russian involvement in this process is obviously not new, however it is a reminder that the while the Soviet Union broke up and the Cold War ended (perhaps in the minds of the West) , Communism never died and in fact became more dangerous because Americans in their arrogance felt that their enemy was destroyed and without influence. Our approach has allowed the Russians to project power in Eastern Europe through control over energy and natural resources and reconstitute its influence in the Balkans. (Remember Georgia). Further, Russian has cemented relations in the Middle East with Iran. The finalization of the fuel supply agreement last week where Russians provided nuclear fuel for the reactor is simply unacceptable, however this works in favor of the Russians as they obtain revenue for supplying the fuel, but more strategically, they keep the West and Israel focused on the Iranian enemy rather than the Russian menace.
Fifth, Israeli leadership has totally failed its chief duty if they allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. No matter what our government would tell you, the only function that a national government should have is to protect its citizens (no not providing Cash for Clunkers or funding for ACORN). Since Iran has clearly stated that they will destroy Israel they must take this threat seriously. Even if the enriched uranium Iran is producing is used for the creation of a dirty bomb, the impact would be disastrous.
Alright, I'll wrap up here. This event is not some isolated news item that will not have any impact. As I suggested on 1/3/2010 I expected an Israeli attack on Iran sometime this year. The switch flipped to go live on the reactor is not the end of the problems, it is only the beginning.
Please join me in praying for God's intervention into this situation and for His people.
"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule." (J. R. R. Tolkien - Return of the King)