About that whole Iranian nuclear agreement

We think everyone needs to just chill out and give Iran a break.

All this wringing of hands about Iran wanting to make a nuclear weapon just doesn’t make sense. They need nuclear energy, not weapons. Let’s face it, based on proven oil reserves, Iran only ranks third in the world in capacity. That’s just about 10 percent of the world’s proven petroleum reserves.

Some studies suggest that if no more oil is found, Iran’s reserves would be drained in about 100 years. So forward-thinking Iranians are taking action now and investing in nuclear power. Because, you know, they can’t rely on that oil for much longer.

But some big countries, the United States included, have the silly idea Iran actually wants to make a nuclear bomb. So they put in various sanctions to put the thumb down on any possibility Iran would make nuclear materials like centrifuges. Because the Big Boys are really, really serious.

According to a Bloomberg article, “When asked this week by al-Jazeera about the impact of sanctions, the very smart Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said, “When sanctions started Iran had less than 200 centrifuges. Today Iran has 19,000 centrifuges so the net product of the sanctions has been about 18,800 centrifuges that has been added to the Iran's stock of centrifuges, so sanctions have utterly failed.”

Hmm. So let’s try another angle. Let’s not forget that Iran, while under control of the Shah, was a big U.S. ally. That kind of hit a roadblock back in 1979, when a couple of bored college students took over our embassy there and kept Americans as guests for more than a year. But things have been much better ever since - really.

Recently the Big Boy countries and Iran signed a new nuclear deal. In a nutshell, the Big Boys will ease sanctions on Iran, and Iran in turn promises to be good and not do anything at all to increase its nuclear materials capabilities. Of course, the issues of warhead and missile development kind of got overlooked. And in six months we’re going to meet again and come up with an even better plan. And they signed a piece of paper too. Just like Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain did back in 1938 with Adolf Hitler and we got that whole “peace in our time” agreement.

That Chamberlain comment was brought back up on Wednesday while Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was in town and stopped by the newspaper.

He, and we, think the agreement is a little backwards. Shouldn’t the Iranians submit to complete and open inspections on their nuclear plans before we start easing back?

Isakson said he follows former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy - “trust but verify. The Iranians have not let us verify anything yet, he said.

We agree. Iran has no need for nuclear power. They are a rogue nation up there with North Korea. Trying to work out paper agreements is useless. It’s like the fox and the chicken writing out a plan for what they’ll have for dinner that night.

We can sign all the papers we want. But until Iran allows complete and unfettered eyes on the ground at their “nuclear plants,” we should be prepared for the worst.



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