Over the most recent 175 years, Iran has been far more peaceable than the United States of America.
From our invasion of Mexico in the 1840’s, the U.S. has fought in about seven major wars against nations that had not attacked us nor credibly had the intent or means to do so. We have initiated several military incursions that one might call “mini-wars.” Our only truly war of defense was against Japan when Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor.
During the same 175 years Iran has been the aggressor in one war, a dispute with Russia over territory. It has fought several wars in its own defense, against various nations including Great Britain and Russia.
If we believe that past actions by nations are predictive of future actions, then the world has more to fear from the United States of America than from Iran.
Now is a good time for Iran to mount a campaign to get all nations to eliminate atomic weapons.
Affairs between nations are seldom dictated by fairness. Iran of course feels that it is unfair that it lives with atomic weapon nations on both sides: Israel on its west and Pakistan on its east, yet condemns Iran for even considering making its own.
If atomic weapons were abolished, Iran would not be tempted to develop them. The whole world would benefit.
Would the United States and Russia agree to abolish their atomic weapons? Of course not, but Iran would at least set a peaceable and history-based precedent.
Arland R. Meade