Note, however, that
Perhaps all this is just a smooth Iranian attempt to confuse global debate over the West’s latest sanctions threat. Whatever the purpose,
- If only peaceful nuclear installations are to be protected by this ban, how are they to be defined as “peaceful?” The obvious answer is via IAEA inspections! So, to get your local reactor protected, you have to accept IAEA inspections.
- Can we get the concept of legal vs illegal nuclear installations accepted as part of international law? At this point,
and Dimona, not to mention certain Indian and Pakistani sites, would clearly be “illegal.” Here’s a chance to develop a process for declaring them legal…and a reason why countries would want their sites declared legal. Arak
- Is there a useful distinction to be made between legal and illegal military nuclear installations?
- The only country that actual has attacked nuclear facilities is
. If Israel were forced to comply, what would the effect be? Should we assume this would amount to licensing every state to develop nuclear technology with impunity or would the distinction between legal peaceful installations and illegal ones (i.e., subject to attack) be workable in practice? Might the clear legal option of, for example, getting Arak certified as immune to attack suffice to persuade Iran to permit unconstrained inspections? Might the knowledge that Israel could go that route persuade Iran to shift from “security through force” to “security through compromise?” Israel
- Pushing Question 3 a bit further, is there a useful distinction to be made among three categories: for peaceful purposes (i.e., protected from attack), questionable (e.g.,
), and for military purposes (e.g., Dimona; i.e., open to attack)? This would encourage those with questionable installations to get them verified. It would also answer those who claim that nuclear arms is the path to security: maybe not, if military installations only are open to attack. Arak
For the West automatically to oppose a good idea just because it came from
It would behoove the West to behave more professionally, stop the endless threats, and try to figure out a rational global non-proliferation policy.