Could There be a Useful Nuclear Allergy Evolving in Iran?

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japan nuclear reactor explodes.jpgToday an interesting new “Iran Strategy Task Force” was launched jointly by the Progressive Policy Institute and Freedom House. The focus of the task force will be to increase the spotlight on Iran’s dismal human rights record and to raise awareness about Iran’s conventional weapons capacity and over-its-border misdeeds supporting non-state terror movements.
I think America’s options on Iran are limited right now — and depend somewhat on how growing fissures and feuds among Iran’s ruling elites evolve, but short of adding another war to America’s already too full plate, I’m interested in what the Task Force comes up with. If it’s a roster of a long list of other coercive measures, I’m doubtful the Task Force will move the US-Iran policy needle very much. The group includes as members or advisors former AIPAC spokesman and Progressive Policy Institute Josh Block, Brookings’ Ken Pollack, PPI’s Will Marshall, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Ray Takeyh, Bard College’s Walter Russell Mead, WINEP’s Rob Satloff, Stanford’s Larry Diamond, and Freedom House’s David Kramer.
During a conference call today, Josh Block emphasized that the Task Force would really work hard to consider the non-nuclear dimensions of the Iran challenge.
I would suggest some revision of that course.
I could be off on a very strange and perhaps unproductive tangent, but it just occurs to me given the incredible traumas that have plagued Japan — in part from a worsening nuclear energy nightmare — that the enthusiasm the Iranian people have expressed for nuclear energy as a major national priority may be wobbly right now.
It would be interesting to see whether there exists inside Iran today a new-born allergy to nuclear energy, which is of course the stated rationale of Iran’s nuclear, allegedly non-weapons related, work. Might a “Just say NO to Nuclear Energy” movement be worth encouraging inside Iran.
Just a thought.
— Steve Clemons

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6 comments on “Could There be a Useful Nuclear Allergy Evolving in Iran?

  1. erichwwk says:

    Here is one such list, widely distributed, that ranks King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia as worse than Saddam Hussein, right before the Iraqi invasion of 2003.
    http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2003/edition_02-16-2003/Dictators
    Do your own search for “worst dictator list” to see how such lists vary, a point not overlooked by most TWN readers.

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  2. erichwwk says:

    Now might be the time to raise the issue of the Israeli and the Saudi human rights record.
    or click on URL above to see a recent Foreign Policy list of “worst dictators” and see for yourself how such lists morph. [ Some lists rank
    As long as the US places primary reliance on achieving its “national interests” through the use of military force, rather than seeing the world in terms of “human interests” and working to reduce the arms it contributes to settling international disputes, others will push back, in the most effective way available. And that induces the incentive to flaunt the apparent US nuclear hegemony and secretive campaigns to gain influence.
    As such, the line between “freedom fighters” and “terrorists” will remain blurry and arbitrary. Whoever wins in the SR will have shown that the way to change unfavorable outcomes is by the use of force, and clamor to build up secret stockpiles.

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  3. Paul Norheim says:

    Steve Clemons Mars 30: “I could be off on a very strange and perhaps unproductive tangent, but
    it just occurs to me given the incredible traumas that have plagued Japan — in part from a
    worsening nuclear energy nightmare — that the enthusiasm the Iranian people have expressed
    for nuclear energy as a major national priority may be wobbly right now.”
    Steve Clemons Mars 27: “But in any tally, we need to add to the negative roster [regarding the
    intervention in Libya]that we have sent the signal to nations that nukes are a great security
    blanket and don’t be fooled by the West in giving them up.”
    Reply: Are we to conclude that from now off Iran will insist that their nuclear program is solely
    intended for making The Bomb, and not for energy purposes?

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  4. Warren Metzler says:

    I have to agree with JohnH and POA. And for all the other people who agree with me on the Libya nfz, I say here is a chance for us to raise our voices in unison, and cry out to Obama.
    “You claim that the basis for your decision in Libya is the long time US commitment to freedom and justice, and that we only do military options after we do lots of negotiations. Well let us arrive at justice in Iran. If we have nuclear power, uranium enrichment, and nuclear bombs, it is irrational and unjust for us to claim Iran can’t. Please send the following message to Iran.
    We accept you have the right to determine all you do in your country, as long as you don’t kill or false imprison your people. Let us now exchange ambassadors, and sit down and discuss what is a real democracy, and what is real free enterprise, what are real human rights, and how the US can facilitate you becoming a country that offers all that to your people. We have Muslim theologians over here that tell us all that is loudly promoted by the Koran, so let’s work together to achieve it. Sincerely yours, President Barack Obama.”

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  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I could be off on a very strange and perhaps unproductive tangent, but it just occurs to me given the incredible traumas that have plagued Japan — in part from a worsening nuclear energy nightmare — that the enthusiasm the Iranian people have expressed for nuclear energy as a major national priority may be wobbly right now.”
    When are we going to clean our own gawd damned street?
    Heres a news flash for you. The West Coast dairy farmers are having to send their milk to Italy to get it tested for radiation, because there is no system, in place HERE to do it. And how about all those West Coast EPA radiation monitors that are NON-FUNCTIONAL, eh?
    So tell me, how long have these fearmongering lying pieces of shit in Washington DC been waving the “dirty Bomb” bullshit in our faces in order to justify policies that NO “democracy” should have to tolerate??? Yet apparently these money sucking primadonna elitist above-the-law pricks have done NOTHING to prepare for such an eventuality.
    Gee, now Iran is in the spotlight again. Wow, who coulda guessed it? The same old BOO!!! crap we’ve seen justifying policy now for an entire decade, waving heathen Muslim terrorists in our faces to justify war, evesdropping, airport log jams, intrusive searches, increased air fare, blahblablahblah… YET THEY HAVE DONE VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO ACTUALLY PROTECT US FROM THE THREATS THEY USE TO MARKET POLICIES.
    And what a crock of shit this idea is. Is there no end to the hypocricy that we intend to showcase to the world? With our politicians embracing nuclear energy here, going so far as to be whoring themselves out to the industry in the midst of a nuclear nightmare, keeping carbon copies of the Fukushima reactors online, whirring away on a seismic faultline that is every bit as dangerous as the worst Japanese faults. We are going to convince IRANIANS that nuclear power is too dangerous, while our own plants tick-tock towards an inevitable disaster??
    Maybe these geniuses oughta look at our OWN nuclear industry, and the sluts that are tasked to regulate them, the sluts that market them DESPITE the danger, and the sluts building them that falsify test results, skirt codes and regulations, and lie their asses off everytime an accident occurs. I mean think about it. It was just last week these industry whores at the NRC told us the Fukushima reactors are “stabilized”. This is the outfit that is goiing to carry out the empty suit’s directive to investigate the safety of our own plants??? Yeah, right.
    Yep, this is great idea! Lets LIE to the American public about how safe our OWN nuclear plants are, and tell the Iranians the TRUTH about how dangerous theirs will undoubtedly be.
    Sweet. I know there must be a reason these are called “Think” tanks. Maybe, someday, it will occur to me why.

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  6. JohnH says:

    Thanks to Steve for providing yet another example of how the United States uses human rights, not to promote human rights, but to selectively demonize certain countries. The Persian Gulf is full of despotic regimes, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
    Yet one country–only one–gets singled out for its human rights record: Iran.
    The inescapable conclusion is that the United States does not care about human rights at all. It only cares about finding ways to justify war by demonizing regimes it finds inconvenient and replacing them with pliable ones.
    “Human rights” are simply part of making the case for war. Reason? It resonates with the American people.
    But once the US intervenes, as in Iraq, human right go out the window. Hundreds of thousands killed, perhaps a million or more. Worse, it’s impossible to find out how many Iraqi civilians have been killed by US forces, because the US doesn’t want its “human rights” rhetoric disturbed by the reality of its behavior. Yet, by refusing to acknowledge the dead, the “humanitarian” US shows its callous indifference to the loss of life.
    Nonetheless “human rights” proved so compelling in making the case for war against Libya that we will see more of it, as Steve just revealed.

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