Juan Cole is Making Sense

Juan Cole looks at the generally accepted facts about Iran’s nuclear program and argues that there is one hypothesis that covers them all.  Iran, Cole argues, is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon, as hawks in the US and Israel claim; nor is it simply maintaining long-established civilian facilities, as others have said.  Instead, it is trying to achieve “nuclear latency.”  That is to say, the Iranians do not want actually to build a nuclear weapon at any particular time; what they want is the ability to build a nuclear weapon on short notice.  Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and several European countries have nuclear latency, and it has served their security interests quite well.


  1. cymast

     /  October 15, 2009

    I read that somebody scholarly is proposing nuclear weapons deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

  2. acilius

     /  October 15, 2009

    Hey, why not? If they can give it to Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, etc etc, why not give it to Nuclear Weapons?

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