Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Right to Nuclear Energy

According to an AP report very short on direct quotes, Obama said that Iran “may” (?!?) have rights to nuclear energy. OK, that’s hard to argue with, though Iran’s rights, indeed the rights of any society, are not for Obama to say. Nevertheless, let’s not be picky. Obama just inched his foot forward; give him credit and have a little patience.

I would just add one point: by the same token, Israel too “may” have rights to nuclear energy.

Now that we are all on the same page, does anyone wish to discuss what rights societies might have to, say, refuse to join the non-proliferation treaty or to obstruct international inspections of alleged nuclear facilities or to sail nuclear-capable submarines off the coasts of other countries?


Note: For more details on setting common standards, see here.


Anonymous said...

Israel doesn't care whether it has the right to do anything or not. Not like diplomacy has every changed any outcome decided in the slaughter.

William deB. Mills said...

I appreciate what you are saying, but a consistent enunciation of a principle can alter culture, even if it is not immediately adhered to. An example is the Federal Government's acknowledgement that American blacks deserved civil rights. More to the point, bilateral negotiations are easier for both sides in a situation where all parties are being called upon to meet a set of common standards. I think that those words, even without actions, would change reality.

As for diplomacy changing things, when Israel attacked Egypt in 1956 during the Suez Canal dispute with British and French support, U.S. diplomatic opposition ended the attack. If the U.S. gets serious, things will change because only the U.S. is allowing Israel to be a rogue state.