Ayatollah range: Iran's Zelzal missile has a range of between 100 km and 200 km. Will it tip nuclear? (Majid/Getty Images)
We are constantly reminded—or told or warned or yelled at—that Iran should not get The Bomb. “The world,” even the fashionably reactionary New York Times wrote on in 2007, “should not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Why not?
The world should not allow the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan and Israel to have nuclear weapons. But it does, not because the world wants a nuclear club, but because those nations never bothered asking permission to include mass destruction in their foreign-policy arsenal.
France and Britain through brutal colonialism or China through totalitarian repression at home each have the blood of millions on their conscience, even if by conventional means only. Israel has launched four offensive wars of choice since 1982 (three against Lebanon, one against Gaza), killing tens of thousands and diminishing prospects of a lasting peace in the region. None of these nations has standing to play nuclear cop in the world.
Read my full article, "What If Iran Had Nuclear Weapons?"
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