Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Iran Launches a Satellite

For context, here is a link to the article:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Iran_puts_first_satellite_in_Orbit_agencies_999.html

Now on to my opinion. This scares the hell out of me, because of the basic and simple truth that Iran is not trustworthy. When a nation openly invokes the destruction of a culture, mixed with its sketchy ties to the terrorist world, mixed with its stubborn and arrogant refusal to "play nice" with the rest of the world, the mere thought of that nation having the ability to launch anything into space is unnerving.

Iran's questionable nuclear aspirations are definitely in play here. Oh yes, they say their nuclear program is for peaceful use, but they have never shown themselves to be a peaceful and trustworthy nation, period. They need to prove it. If Iran was to wake up and allow (hell, invite) inspectors to visit their country throughout the duration of their nuclear development, it would go a long way to building a trust between them and the rest of the world. But they expect us to just take their word for it. I don't think so, Tim.

Note: It's not just America that is concerned about this development. France was the first nation to openly express concern. And you can bet Israel has its eyes fixed east, as they probably always do.

Being a nuclear nation involves a serious amount of responsibility. It's very simple: don't be a jackass that threatens to eradicate an entire race of people, call one of the most peaceful and helpful nations in history "Satan", and basically try to force your narrow minded, cultural oppressive, religious zealot views on the rest of the world.

Iran seems to be more like a rebellious teenager, and while the rest of the world has grown up, they refuse to adopt a more responsible position in the world. Do I mind them having a space program? Yes, until they prove that their intentions are pure and just, with no air of plausibly aggressive & destructive tendencies. Once that happens they should be, along with any peaceful nation, be welcomed among the stars.

2 comments:

David Knowles said...

They do not threaten to wipe and entire race out, a country yeah but not a race.

Douglas Mallette said...

The starting point is Israel...AKA Jews...and I doubt it would stop there. But of course, one false move and they'd have a world of hurt raining down upon them anyway.