Monday, October 15, 2007

Will Not Suspend

What do Iran, Israel and the United States have in common? Intransigence, at least on certain issues. None of the three countries are willing to suspend something near and dear to their hearts. Iran won't stop nuclear enrichment, ostensibly for peaceful power generation purposes. Israel won't stop building settlements in Palestinian Territory. And the United States won't put on hold its plans to locate missile defense systems in the old Soviet bloc, ostensibly for defensive purposes. How difficult is it to change a warhead on those systems and turn it into an offensive capability?

Also, despite being a signatory to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty the U.S. selected the modern replacement warhead with plans to completely replace its nuclear arsenal. Israel never admitted it had nuclear weapons until Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's slip up. No IAEA inspectors are granted the light of day in the U.S. or Israel. Iran should be open and transparent to the world, but so should America and the benefactor of its military largess.