In an open challenge to the international community, the regimen ruled by Mahmoud Ahmedinejad lifted the seals that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had on the Iranian nuclear facilities and resumed its nuclear programme. Iran has said this programme is only aimed at the production of nuclear energy but many believe that Teheran actually wants to have nuclear weapons.
The resumption of the uranium enrichment programme is an insult to the French, British and German Foreign Offices. On its part, and considering its awkward situation in Iraq, the United States can only act in coordination with the Europeans. The problem is serious and shows that the Iranian government is not willing to give in to international pressures. In view of this, the best option would be a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council envisaging a series of sanctions that even encluded the use of force, but Iran’s links with Russia and China protect the Iranian regimen up to now. Its position as the world’s fourth largest producer of oil also protects it in moments in which the prices of oil are high. If Iran gets the nuclear weapon, this destabilized region will suffer from the threat of a new risk factor.
Israel, in particular, is worried because of the denial statements and declarations affirming that Israel should be disappeared off the face of the earth. Even when Iran is not an Arab country, anti-Semitism is deeply rooted there and it is Israel’s main enemy. Therefore, the danger for Jews is real. Nuclear anti-Semitism must be faced and fought.
In addition, it’s a shame that the anti-Semitic statements of Hugo Chávez, the friend of Ahmedinejad, have brought about so few reactions.
El Tiempo (Colombia)
“El peligro de Irán”, by Rafael Nieto Loaiza, El Tiempo, January 12, 2006.