Iran is apparently two weeks away from weapons-grade uranium. Excerpt:
Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build an atomic weapon within two weeks and has, “in a certain way,” already reached the point of no return in its nuclear program, a former senior International Atomic Energy Association official said Monday.
“I believe that if certain arrangements are done, it could even go down to two weeks. So there are a lot of concerns out there that Iran can hopefully now address, in this new phase, both at the P5+1 [talks between Tehran and six world powers] and with the IAEA,” former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen said, confirming a report released last week by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which stated Iran could muster enough uranium for a bomb by converting all of its 20-percent enriched stockpile within 1 to 1.6 months.
Iran may well have reached a point of no return in uranium enrichment, but the entire Middle East – maybe the entire world – may have reached a point of no return, as well. As an old Cold Warrior, yr. obdt. can well remember the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction – the aptly-named MAD. But that doctrine was actually effective for one reason; the Soviets, no matter how irrational in some areas (economics, for example) the leaders of the Soviet Union were nonetheless parents and grandparents, who loved their children and wanted them to have a world to grow up in.
The same can’t be said for Iran. They are a rogue state, ruled by a gang of nutbars who ascribe to an apocalyptic version of Islam. If they build nuclear weapons, it is because they intend to use them. A likely outcome is a regional war that has every possibility of becoming a global conflict.
The Western world knows these things. And Iran is still enriching uranium. And none of the major powers are willing to do anything about it.