The possibility of a nuclear-capable Iran

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By Ariel Gomberg

For over a decade, the world has been aware of the Iranian government’s intention of creating nuclear weapons. It has consistently stated that its nuclear research is solely for peaceful purposes.

However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly reported that the Iranian nuclear facilities are structured to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon, and Iran is dangerously close to producing the amount of enriched uranium to do so.

If Iran is successful in producing a nuclear warhead, which the international community believes is feasible, the ramifications will threaten the world.

There is a great possibility of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, which means many governments may race to acquire nuclear weapons to compete with bordering nations.

A country like Syria, whose government has murdered approximately 60,000 of its own citizens to date and displaced over 600,000 people as refugees, will easily acquire nuclear weapons if Iran produces them because the Iranian government backs Assad’s regime.

Iran is also the number one state sponsor of global terrorism. The Iranian government financially and militaristically sponsors its proxy terrorist groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas is a terrorist group that took political and military control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, and in the process, killed dozens of Palestinian Fatah leaders, before Israel intervened.

Hamas and Hezbollah have extensive stockpiles of powerful missiles and rockets. Since last January, Hamas fired 2,256 rockets at Israel, which was one of the factors that sparked the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza—Pillar of Defense.

Many of these rockets were traced back to Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe Israel off the map, so the idea of Hamas firing a nuclear missile at Israel should not be disregarded.

The U.S. government and the European Union have not only condemned Iran but have enforced economic sanctions to pressure Iran into halting its nuclear endeavors.

The sanctions have been detrimental to the Iranian currency and economy, but has not stopped their efforts to enrich uranium.

We must urge our members of Congress to close loopholes and continue to vote in favor of sanctions against Iran.

To make a difference in stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon that would threaten our national security, look out in Reamer to sign U for Israel’s petition in the upcoming weeks.

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