Thursday, April 13, 2006

Iran and Nuclear Weapons

This blog seems to be almost grinding to a halt. So let's have something a bit controversial for a change. I am no fan of nuclear weapons. Not at all. I was a member of CND in the 1980s and went a nice hippy march to Molesworth Air Base. But if one were to don a neo-realist international relations hat for a moment, is it correct to say that Iran having nuclear weapons would make the Middle East less stable? Surely, there must be a plausible argument that it will make it more stable - on the assumption that the weapons are obtained on the basis of deterrence not with an intention of first use. On that basis, Iran could plausibly suggest that it makes the Middle East more stable, on the basis that other countries with nuclear weapons already pointing at their country would be less likely to use theirs, for fear of retaliation in kind. Or have I got my neo-realism all about face?

In other news, there is something of a blog outing to an Edinburgh pub this evening, so hopefully there will be a review of that tomorrow.

7 Comments:

Blogger HW said...

Tell us more about the pub outing? Please...

Thursday, April 13, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Do you wanna come, HW? Anyway, all in good time tomorrow

Thursday, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Cliff said...

whilst international relations isn't really my field, the logic of this argument is that if every country has nukes then humanity has pretty much reached the promised land. That hasn't been the view taken over many years of non-proliferation efforts by the international community. Whilst I tend to think that even the most ideological of governements tend at the end of the day to act rationally on the international front at least there has to be much less confidence in that in a country like Iran which was prepared to throw everything it had into a border dispute with Iraq and which has a rather aggressive revolutionery and religious strand running through it's government. If the iranian government might not use or threaten or make suggestive noises to use these weapons themselves then who knows to whom they might pass the technology do it on their behalf and we know very well that there are people who are more than prepared to use any means to get at the people ( you and me )who they think are their enemies.

ooh that was a bit serious wasn't it but the times published the cockpit transcript from the aitcraft that came down in pensylvania on 11th sept 01 and these folks don't think the way you and I do bondwoman.

Thursday, April 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Friday, April 14, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Loony rantings by anonymous, but clearly American (cos it said so), webmong removed here. We are not interested. Go away. We have reasonable debate and we might disagree with each but we are not interested in your racist rantings.

Friday, April 14, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

A message to all who want to leave comments go and READ THIS and realise that if your comment does not conform to this policy it will be deleted as as one comment on this post already!

Friday, April 14, 2006  
Blogger voice-of-reason said...

Nuclear Weapons + Iran's President Mr Ahmadinejad + Iranian theocracy = not an appealing prospect

even socialists such as bondwoman can agree with that?

Thursday, April 20, 2006  

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