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Iranian officials sometimes respond to accusations that Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability by replying that, not only do they not want a bomb, they'd actually like to see a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East. Yes, this is surely in part a deflection, meant to shift attention away from concerns about Iran's nuclear activities by not-so-subtly nodding to the one country in the region that does have nuclear weapons: Israel. But could Iran have a point? Is there something hypocritical about the world tolerating Israel's nuclear arsenal, which the country does not officially acknowledge but has been publicly known for decades, and yet punishing Iran with severe economic sanctions just for its suspected steps toward a weapons program? Even Saudi Arabia, which sees Iran as its implacable enemy and made its accommodations with Israel long ago, often joins Tehran's calls for a "nuclear-free region." And anyone not closely versed in Middle East issues might naturally wonder why the United States would accept Israeli warheads but not an Iranian program.
With you 100% @alexicon
@joebiden and @goyo yeah the israeli lobby is one of the more powerful and influential in the first comment was kind of a joke but while having a pretty hostile country like Iran with nuclear capabilities is an uncomfortable thought, denying it to them comes with implications of western hegemony/imperialism. i dunno.
True enough about the lobbyists. As soon as we (we being Congress) starts limiting their influence and such, we'll be better off. Another good thing gone bad. As for this article..I'm on the fence. I understand why Israel has nuclear weapons, especially in an area that hates them so much. But then again, Iran has a valid point. Very good question, that opens a lot of debate.
@joebiden that is the main issue with everything in our country -> lobbyists. It is not the politicians who make policies, rather the lobbyists and their backers with their full pockets
Well theres the congressional lobby for israel, what do you @goyo and @alexicon think about that?
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