By John Danger Kelly
In 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of annihilation with the Soviet Union and the United States bringing nuclear warheads within miles of each other's borders. The United States with the help of its allies in Turkey were able to bring their nuclear payload to the forefront of the Cold War and the Soviet Union responded in kind by using its communist allies in Cuba to force every student in America into hiding and underneath their desks. Although this confrontation did not result in nuclear war, it did result in millions of lives lost in proxy wars in Colombia, Vietnam, Korea, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Peru, Iraq, Iran, and throughout the world where there was a vested interest of both the United States and the Soviet Union to gain influence. These proxy wars were some of the most violent in history with death tolls that continue to divide the world today.
Do not be confused. The same exact situation is happening right now between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but with different names. Instead of capitalism vs. communism, we have a centuries old religious fight between Shia and Sunni Islam. We have seen these proxy wars go on for decades and just like the Cold War without too much of direct fighting. This can be seen even today as we look at the conflict in Syria with the Iranian backed Assad fighting against the Sunni rebels. Or with Saudi Arabia intervening in the Yemen civil war to fight the Shitte Houthis who have been financially and militarily supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. These proxy wars have threaten to destabilize the Middle East and have once again have put the Middle East one sour bottle of Jack Daniels away from all out war.
This is the real reason that Iran cannot have a nuclear bomb and the international community should do everything in its power to stop nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. No expert, no pundit, nor any reasonable person truly believes that if Iran obtained a nuclear bomb that they would ever use it. Instead the most dangerous thing that Iran could do is obtain a nuclear weapon and then be responsible with it.
Do not believe the fear mongering that surrounds Iran wiping Israel off of the face of the earth. No one expects that to happen and the United States would intervene before it even came close to that point. The problem lies with them having a nuclear weapon, keeping it secured, and thus starting a nuclear arms race in the Middle East when the region is already at a threat of collapse from a host of post-apocalyptic scenarios. If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, then Saudi Arabia will want a nuclear warhead too, then Israel will announce it has had nuclear weapons since the 1970s, then al-Sisi in Egypt will get a nuclear weapon, and now you have 5 to 6 Trump-like dictators in the Middle East with their fingers on the button.
"No expert, no pundit, nor any reasonable person truly believes that if Iran obtained a nuclear bomb that they would ever use it. Instead the most dangerous thing that Iran could do is obtain a nuclear weapon and then be responsible with it."
The Republicans are not wrong to fear Iran double-backing on their deal with the Obama administration. Iran needs the deal to improve its economy so that it can support all of these proxy wars happening at its borders. At the same time, a nuclear weapon would elevate the Islamic Republic to a new level in the Middle East and create an Iranian focused hegemony which would be incredibly beneficial in these proxy wars. Make no mistake, the Iranians are not evil for wanting to pursue this path. It is one that United States sought during World War II with the development of the atomic bomb. The only downside of that choice to proceed with the secretive Manhattan Project is we have been one dictator's itchy trigger finger away from annihilation ever since.