World must proceed with caution on Iran

DIGAMBER ESLAMPURE | Collegio Reporter

Tensions between Israel and Iran flared up again when Israeli leaders accused Iran for two recent attacks on Feb. 23 in New Delhi, India, and Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, a Eurasian country. The tensions were further heightened when Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu, paid a visit to Washington and met with President Barack Obama.
The crux of the discussion was how to freeze Iran’s nuclear program. It is not only a concern of Israel and the United States, but also a concern of the world.
According to a report from the Inter- national Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Nov. 8, 2011, Iran has carried out the following activities related to nuclear ex- plosive devices: one, efforts, some success- ful, to procure nuclear-related and dual-use equipment and materials through military- related individuals and entities; two, efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material; and, three, work on development of an indigenous
downturn in the European economy and, eventually, the world’s economy.
The reason for this type of situation stems from every country having its own objectives. There is nothing wrong with this, but these objectives are at odds with each other. The long and short of it is, every country has its own ax to grind.
We are in a situation similar to the world atmosphere prior to World War I, where one small incident, in that case the assas- sination of Archduke Ferdinand, forces the whole world into war. We must tread care- fully. Rushed decisions will not produce beneficial results.
Those who would like to explore a military option should rethink the conse- quences a war would have, especially on their economy. War will not only damage the other country but it will also damage the attacking country. Simply put, most of the time a war results in mutual losses.
Yes, Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, and they are using question- able methods. Instead of going to war, we should give Iranians a chance to come back and join the world.
design of nuclear weapons, including testing compo- nents.
In addition, the agency also expressed concerns regarding Iran’s uncoopera- tive nature and the possibil- ity of military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.
Furthermore, IAEA Director General Yukia Amano recently said that Iran may be trying to eliminate evidence from the military site where inspectors want to con- duct an investigation on suspected research related to atomic bombs.
Iran finds itself in a tight corner as inter- national pressure builds and sanctions are tightened every day. Iran has slowly started responding, and it recently resumed talks on the nuclear program.
The world is divided into two categories when dealing with Iran. One group would like to exhaust all diplomatic options and impose crippling sanctions on Iran to force it to change its course of action. This group feels that any military option at this time may be disastrous.
The other group would like to explore the military option. They feel the diplomat- ic options will not yield good results. Moreover, they feel that the inter- national community has given sufficient time
and used diplomatic options and sanctions many times with Iran, all to no avail.
At this time, using the diplomatic option is a wise choice. Any small miscalculation may lead to massive destruction. Suppose Israel attacks Iran. Obviously Iran would strike back and then the United States would enter the war to protect Israel. There have already been so many small attacks in the Middle East that it practically resem- bles a war.
As a result of this path, Iran would become economically weak and may not be able to support Syria. This in turn would cause the Syrian oil industry to collapse, which would affect the European economy because Syria is one of Europe’s major oil suppliers. The end result would be a large

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