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USA, Iran, Israel: Relations in fear

Updated on September 8, 2013

The USA is against Iran having a nuclear capability simply because it would change the balance of power in the Middle East. It is against that because Iran is not an United States ally and certainly oppose US policies in the region.

It's about muscle flexing. An Iran armed with nuclear weapons affects her role vis-a-vis her neighbors--the surrounding Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia—and especially Israel, at the moment, the sole nuclear player in the region.

A nuclear Iran would definitely tip the balance of regional power because it would make her stronger, fearless, and able to influence regional policy upsetting the military, political and even economic status quo in the region, and thus, change relationships between states, building alliance and influencing others not only in the Middle East, to the north of the Caspian Sea and further east to Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent.

Israel, which has had developed a secret nuclear program since at least the mid-1950s and some say in 1948 with the help of France and as the state was established, fears another emerging nuclear power in the region like Iran would break her nuclear monopoly and lessen her aura of military superiority. But doing so, it would certainly make her more security venerable because of the issue of ballistic nuclear missiles.

This clearly would upset the American government, one of whose foreign policy cornerstones in the Middle East is the support and aiding of Israel over as many decades. America has traditionally tended to toe the Israeli line and opposes a Middle Eastern country with nuclear capability because of the threat and deterrence such entails.

Although it has many allies in the region, a nuclear Middle East with many states possessing nuclear bombs would increase the balance of fear and defragments the region.

While the international view has generally been with the idea of the need to dampen nuclear proliferation, and in that, a nuclear-free Middle East, the situation has become complicated over the years as states sought to acquire nuclear status. Israel possess a very large arsenal of not only conventional weapons that is supplied by America but nuclear warheads capable of obliterating the region several times over.

As a result other countries have demanded entry into the nuclear league and try and build their nuclear capability as a means of bolstering their status like Pakistan and India which America had no problems with.

To avoid further international confrontation because of the intense situation that has been developing since at least the 1990s in the region, starting with the first war on Iraq in 1991 as a result of its invasion of Kuwait, Iran increasingly felt under threat. At the same time it has been in pains to suggest its nuclear program is for peaceful reasons and peaceful ends.

This has never been good enough for the United States despite the fact that Iran signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty since 1968. But American policy-makers have been saying that since Iran is party to the NPT, it can not be allowed to import materials to enhance her offence nuclear capability.

Since 2003 when America waged a war against Saddam Hussein to remove him from power, the Iranian nuclear file has been on top of the international agenda with the Bush administration branding it as one of the Axis of Evil countries with Korea and Syria.

Iran's nuclear program has been the center of controversy of allegation and counter-allegations that Iran does have an offensive nuclear program in-the-making.

While the Iranians have constantly rejected that and had been inviting international nuclear inspectors to the country, there is still much room for confidence building measures. But inevitably in international politics this is not enough as cyncism rides the way.

Drums of war

The drums of war continue to beat every once in a while when Iran becomes the threat, the next bogey against international security. And as always it is Israel that stands in wait, ever fearful that its nuclear monopoly might be broken, and ready to press its trigger to stop Iran from possessing nuclear weapons despite the fact that some American researchers have been saying Israel posses somewhere between 200 and 4000 thermonuclear and nuclear weapons.

Its a tense international situation. Previously it has been thought that a nuclear war can't be 'localized' or 'limited' but with more advanced technology being researched all the time, Israel may be tempted to strike at Iran to test its weapons, and if that happens Iran will surely react and the region could be back to the point of nuclear destruction.


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      Zubair Ahmed 6 years ago

      HI Marwan,

      A very nice hub, thank you for sharing. You should be careful with hubs like this you might have the NSA/FBI/CIA/MOSAD/MI6 or many of the other agencies kidnap you and have you assigned to a lifeless cell in Afghanistan being tortured accused of in-sighting hatred towards the US and it's allies in crime.

      If only more people would wake up to the reality of Western policies they'd smell the stench.

      Keep up the good work

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thanka alot. Appreciate your comments. It is indeed very sad that some countries get away with it and others get away with it.

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      CONSCIOUSNINJA 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      for me, the most ridiculous thing about this whole scenario is that the two countries hot on Iran having imaginary nukes, are the same countries that hold and develop nuclear weapons themselves! i mean most people dont know that Israel holds more nukes per capita than Russia or even the US!!!!!

      this is one of the clearest and more concise summaries of the current situation that i have come across - you cover some essential points - i will certainly recommend this!

      it would be great to hear your perspective on the points i make in my newly published hub... anyone who would like to comment is welcome, i'd like to see what sort of responses my article will create:

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      We shall see how it progresses... One could say the world is changing too.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I am glad people are becoming more informed because at the end of the day its all about awareness. This is important because because business only becomes bigger especially in time of crisis because they take over the little man. If there is a popular pull then that must be good.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      We have had to deal with this too in the US. Sometime in the 1970's an independent car company made an electric car which was destroyed by the oil companies here. Part of what is going on here in the US now is social and for a smaller part a political change from the big iconic company to smaller companies. More and more people here are growing their own food, and buying locally produced products. Americans are reaching back to their roots to find the old ways of doing things rather then buying, buying, buying... The younger generations here are also becoming more informed and are not willing to swallow the marketing strategies of our government. That is a great deal of what is wrong with the american economy now.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      That's a very good idea. Actually the whole Middle East could do with developing their solar energy, Jordan included. There is plenty of sunshine, and I wish they would. But I think there is a lot of complications to do with vested interests for up till 1973 the so-called 7 sisters of oil companies mainly in the US, BP and Royal Dutch Shell controlled the downstream and upstream oil operations. I know after 1973 all that changed, but the oil companies continued to have a lot of clout including controlling the channels of distribution. Western governments and companies have had no interests in the move towards solar energy and over the years have pressured states in the area not to move towards this potential energy source. What basically today exists in the Middle East is "structural determinism" where oil dependency is par excellence linked with outside powers. I don't think the situation have changed very much over the years in terms of vested interests although new forces may have risen to put the ecological/environmental case, but how powerful are they as opposed to the oil lobby.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      A much better option for Iran would most likely be Solar Energy. That technology is replacing traditional methods of making electricity in the United States. The start up costs are next to nothing when compared to the start up costs of nuclear energy and the benefits are almost immediate. 200 acres of solar collectors can generate up to 15 megawatts of energy or enough electricity to service 15,000 US households.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Good comment. I can appreciate that.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Marwan: I do not think the world must be Utopian to good or to start the vehicle of amnesty moving forward. Like I said... I do not agree with most of what the US does when it concerns Israel. Nor do I agree with the policy that displaced the Palestinians or their treatment since 1948. The tit-for-tat of greater wrongs could go back to the dawn of time. Nuclear power is a huge responsibility. How much nuclear waste can the world tolerate? Nuclear accidents have happened to countries with great resources and still the damage was done. In the US We have had Three Mile Island and Love Canal, among others, in Russia, there was Chernobyl, and recently was the japan incident. Since Chernobyl (1986) there have been 57+ nuclear accidents world wide. Chernobyl is the only level 7 nuclear incident to occur and is by far the worst. That is not taking into account the recent events in Japan. There are good reasons why the US does not build nuclear power plants in places like Africa where the need is great and why the US does not want Iran to build nuclear power yet. It is less about weaponry then the world would think. The US already has enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world 30 times over.... but again... that brings up another problem... the containment of nuclear energy can only last for so long before it needs to be re-housed. Each time that occurs, the risk to the world is great.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I agree to the last point. Only the world is not utopian nor just, and that goes for many. A great deal of injustice is being done and camfloudged for the sake of interests. In 1948, about 900,000 Palestinians were displaced and made into refugees, only to be replaced by Jews. Is this fair to replace a wrong by an even greater wrong.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      The first sentence is pointed at why the US used the nuclear weapon on Japan. It is also pointed to the fact that if it were teh Iranians who had been gassed instead of the jews, the attitude in your hub would have been very different. WIth most of Europe fallen to Germany, the attack on the US by Japan was an effort to keep the US from defending the UK, France, Poland, Hungary, etc, etc, etc. It is not the place of the US to decide when Iran is ready for nuclear weapons it is the worlds place because the world will have to pay the price if it chooses wrong. I notice you did not address the civil war in libia and they hypothisis of how that may have been different if nuclear power or wepeonry had been available. In 1970, it would have been the US who decided if Iran should or should not have nuclear weapons. The world has changed and the balance of power has changed as well. The US may be the last super-power but even that is changing. As a non-jewish US citizen, I do not agree with much that has to do with Isreal. The "need" for nuclear weapons has passed... If people would stop being Iranian or American and just be humans... imagine how the world could change.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      So, not sure what's the point of the first sentence. We know Hitler was for the Aryan race. Are you sure you are adament because Israel has been stockpiling nuclear weapons since the 1950s and under the noses of many including the USA. Why should they be allowed to have a nuclear status and other countries not. And who is to dictate when these countries are ready for a nuclear program. Is it the USA, the West! Don't you thing such an attitude is arrogant.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      If the immigration numbers of Middle Eastern people living in Europe today were on par with what the Jewish population was during World War II imagine the number of middle easterners who would also have been put to death in the Nazi gas chambers. Read the history of that war to understand this comment. It is not funny that the only country to use a nuclear bomb during a war is the United States. It is because we did use that bomb that we are so adament against the Middles East's nuclear policy. Imagine what could have happened in Libia during that civil war if nuclear capability had been mixed into that mess. Then you have Iran and the political and social unrest that is going on there. When the forms of government in those areas is strong enough to prevent totalitarian type leadership then maybe those countries will be ready for a nuclear program.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      A good point mentioned in the comments by icciev.

      Regarding your 1st line, "because it would change the balance of power in the Middle East". Some one asks the American government and military forces that will it be equal and justifiable if all the countries of the Middle East would have the Nuclear capabilities then?

      Hence, it means that it is not about the eradication of the a mass destruction weapon, it is about protection one specific country (We all know who is that!). Apart from that, I guess the balance is still not at its best. Israel do have a much better military setup than any other country of the region - obviously supported by the American lobbies.

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      Interesting hub, the funny thing is that the only country ever used the nuclear weapons is the country against all other countries having nuclear weapons. Anyway I don't believe Iran is against Israel or USA its only a politic game that is being played between them. Why to open the Iranian Nuclear profile at this time, you guessed it. because of the elections taking place in Israel. and the only people who is really hurting from this, is the ordinary people like us all over the World. Big People plays and we get hurt.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Cheers brages07 and no strings attached. Its double standards. As you said no one should have nuclear weapons but states do, why this policeman of the world attitude, and the dictation of who should and shouldn't have them.

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      no strings dating 6 years ago from uk

      I don't see why our countries keep poking there nose in other countries affairs

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      brages07 6 years ago from South Royalton, VT

      Personally, I am against anyone having nuclear weapons. That being said, if Israel can have them there is no reason the Iranians should not be allowed to have them. It is ironic that the US fears other countries using nuclear weapons, considering that we are the only country to ever use nuclear weapons.

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