Will Iran give up its Nuclear Program?
from the May 18, 2015 eNews issue
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Note: Peter Grant is a student at the Koinonia Institute working on his Silver Medallion. This paper was part of his coursework in his I620 class.
Prior to 1979, the United States had been cushioned from the effects of terrorism. Its international footing and foreign policy had always been significant amongst nations throughout the world, especially in the Middle East. That all changed on November 4th, 1979 when the United States was thrust onto the international stage with its first taste of being directly targeted with ‘terrorism’, namely Islamic terrorism. The United States woke up that day too, not only seeing their own people being held hostages for 444 days, but to the Islamic Revolution.
To this day, the Islamic Republic of Iran has established itself as a major power in the Middle Eastern region in the area of geo-politics but also militarily. Iran has allied itself mainly to the Russian Federation but also to 99 other countries worldwide but significantly not to either the United States or Israel (who they do not officially recognize). It is this tension, especially between these two nations, that has propelled Iran into the news consistently since ’79 as a nation that has continually grown economically, politically but especially militarily. It is this tension that continues to this day but this time, Iran rises into prominence due to its links now to nuclear energy and weaponry.
Jeremiah 49: 35 states that “… Look, I’m going to break the bow of Elam, the finest of their troops….” (ISV). The Scriptures point to events leading up to a conflict here involving present day Iran (Elam) that will have prophetic meaning in the near future. Along with Ezekiel 38:1–10 we see that very soon Iran will become a very major military power not necessary just in the Middle East but worldwide. In these verses they will be directly involved in the final battle of the age! Will Iran be that nuclear power during this final battle or will it give up its nuclear program sometime soon? I believe that Iran will never give up its nuclear aspirations because it desires to be a major player or the leader in Middle East geo-politics.
Seeing the act of the Iranian Islamic students holding the American hostages captive for over the year, we saw our first insight into radical Islam, its very nature, ideology and hatred. Now 36 years later, we still view and hear the same rhetoric and hatred towards America and its allies as we did then. As of March 23, 2015 Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei rallied his country in a speech to his people, endorsing the on-going nuclear deal (P5+1 nations) and demanding that the sanctions upon his country be lifted immediately, yet at the same time shouting, “Death to America!” “Of course, yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure” he said. (Tacopino, 2015)
Even back in April 2014, Ayatollah Khamenei said “no-one has the right to bargain over Iran’s nuclear achievements”. In a speech given by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on March 9th, 2015, Rouhani praised its nuclear negotiations team for safeguarding its national interests and the pressure from outside sources quoting: “Yesterday your brave generals stood against the enemy on the battlefield and defended their country. Today, your diplomatic generals are defending [our nation] in the field of diplomacy; this too is jihad.” (Kredo, 2015)
The nuclear deal presently being discussed in Lausanne, Switzerland – at present by the P5+1 nations (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France + Germany) entails in exchange to the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Iran will agree to curtail its nuclear enrichment activities for at least 10 years and to allow UN inspectors access to the country.
The Iranian nuclear issue has caused much consternation within the Israeli Netanyahu government, as even as today in reference to the unrest in Yemen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “While [world powers] convene to sign this deal, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are conquering large swaths of land in an effort to overtake the Bab al-Mandab straits, so that they can change the balance of power in shipping oil,” he said, referring to recent unrest in Yemen.” (Beck, 2015)
However since 2009, the Obama administration has pursued a nuclear treaty deal with Iran as a possible legacy of President Obama and his administration. The following reasons are good reasons as to why Iran will not give up its nuclear program: (Wolf, 2014)
World nations that could have had a nuclear program gave it up so they could have closer ties with the United States.
If a nation pursued its nuclear program, it would isolate itself from the United States but more so, from international trade and the superpower that is the US. Many of the nations that gave up their nuclear program have hid behind their (the US) ‘nuclear umbrella’ to keep its own nations trade and wellbeing from being jeopardized. In Iran’s case, sanctions have been in place since 1979 and to this day have cost the nation dearly in terms of economic aid and trade amongst America ‘friendly’ nations.
Once a nuclear program is in force, it is very hard to stop.
For Iran’s nuclear program, it has been a 27year investment. Nations like North Korea, Iraq and even South Africa have pursued a nuclear program due to its political isolation but more so for prestige (the nuclear club) and prestige alone.
Both Iran and the United States do not trust each other
There is historical mistrust between both parties. Yet, the Obama administration is still pursuing an agreement with utmost speed even though it does not stop the Iranians from manufacturing a nuclear bomb. The Iranians are wanting a deal under predominately their terms because when it is agreed, all trade embargos and most frozen assets will be released back into Iran.
Western nations do not understand Islamic doctrine.
The Iranian leadership is driven by a sense of both Islamic and revolutionary Iranian nationalism. They believe that their duty is the spread of Islam and to use whatever means possible to achieve those very aims. In so doing, they see the West as corrupt and unworthy of its leading status in the international affairs of the world.
Around March 5th 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a copy of the Book of Esther to President Obama. This story has not changed for today. Netanyahu sees modern day Iran, as the greatest danger of peace and security on our planet today. (Murphy, 2012)
The ideals of the Western nation’s life, freedom and liberty are ideals that we in the West live by, yet they are scorned by fundamentalist nations like Iran. This lack of basic human freedoms undercuts the legitimacy of trust a nation like Iran should be given. The rhetoric from its leaders shows forth through its hostility to the West. Yet, today, the P5+1 nuclear treaty is being pushed through at such speed, I believe for all the wrong reasons i.e.: a lasting legacy for President Obama and his administration. Up to now concerns raised by the only western nation in the area (Israel) has been ignored. Speeches from Netanyahu have been cast aside by Obama himself (Williams & Spetalnick, 2015). In recent times, this would have had to have been the only time where Israel’s chief ally since 1948 has openly rebuked Israel’s leader concerning an ever present danger to world security.
Iran is a nation that has spurned atrocities and terrorism over the decades and today Iran controls or influences four Arab capitals, the Shia’a militias in Iraq, the Houthis in Yemen, Assad in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Today the West welcomes Iran through this nuclear treaty knowing full well that the fundamental aspect of removal of all nuclear facilities will not even take place.
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