Iran's (pic: Persia's King Qajar) insistence in developing nuclear weapons is intriguing and strikes me as insane. Patrick Buchanan in VDare has done his thinking on the issue that I resume below. (Buchanan's political thinking is of higher quality than mine, not easy to admit for the Hungarian Jewish supremacist I am.) Buchanan too cannot find a rational for Iran's nuclear strategy.
If they refuse to negotiate their nuclear program, they can continue to enrich uranium, as harsher sanctions are imposed. But to what end adding 1,000 more kilograms? If they do not intend to build a bomb,why enrich more? And if they do intend to build a bomb, what exactly would that achieve? For an Iranian bomb would trigger a regional arms race with Turkey,Egypt and Saudi Arabia seeking nuclear weapons. Israel would put its nuclear arsenal on a hair trigger. America would retarget missiles on Tehran. And if a terrorist anywhere detonated a nuclear bomb, Iran would risk annihilation, for everyone would assume Tehran was behind it. Rather than make Iran more secure, an Iranian bomb would seem to permanently isolate her and subject her to pre-emptive attack.Having eliminated all the rational reasons for Iran's nuclear program, we are left with the non-rational reasons. The Ayatollahs are mad.