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Get ready to live with nuclear Iran

Posted by alanmirs on April 21, 2010

H.D.S. Greenway
The Boston Globe

Get ready to live with nuclear Iran

April 21, 2010

SOONER OR later, Iran will acquire the capability to build nuclear
weapons. The challenge for the United States and other nations is how to
deal with that unpleasant reality

In reality the best hope we have is
persuading Iranians to accept a “virtual” nuclear power status, meaning
that they have the capability but don’t actually build a bomb. That
could satisfy their national pride — a factor we pay too little
attention to — and their desire for a deterrent against further threats
against their nation. It might also inoculate the region against a
nuclear arms race

Given the
threats that we have made against Iran, branding them part of an “axis
of evil,” Iran is going to settle for nothing less. And it may not even
accept that

The administrationB’s official position is
that the United States will never let Iran “acquire nuclear capability,”
meaning even the ability to complete a bomb. This is not a coherent
strategy. Iranians might be prevented from actually manufacturing a
bomb, for a while, but not from developing the capability

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