Thursday, March 09, 2006
# Posted 3:40 PM by Patrick Belton
Millions of Iranians who are fiercely critical of the country's theocratic regime, and of its wildly ranting president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, also believe that Iran is entitled to civilian nuclear power. Many of them think that it's entitled to nuclear weapons as well. If the west imposes sanctions just on the nuclear issue, without linking them to respect for human rights inside Iran, there will be an anti-western backlash among parts of the population who would otherwise be a force for change. That may well be what Ahmadinejad is counting on. There is method in his madness.Whole thing here. (2) opinions -- Add your opinion
If the west imposes sanctions just on the nuclear issue, without linking them to respect for human rights inside Iran.
This certainly raises the question of what the nuclear deal with India means, doesn't it? After all, the deal was made with India because India is a democracy that respects human rights. President Bush even made a clear distinction with non-democratic Pakistan, saying that it would not get such a deal, despite being an ally and all. I think that was the right thing.
The question is whether differing treatment for India and Iran can be portrayed this way, or just as unwarranted suspicion of Iran.
I know an Iranian postgraduate student to whom I have often spoken with at my Aussie university who thinks the same way. He loathes the current regime, but can't see anything wrong with his people developing nuclear power (if not weapons) just like many other countries have. I'm glad to see further coverage of this issue here, which adds much needed nuance to the Iran debate.Post a Comment