Monday, February 07, 2005

Prove it Punk

Iran will strike back if attacked. "If such an attack takes place then of course we will retaliate and we will definitely accelerate our activities to complete our [nuclear] fuel cycle," Hassan Rohani, the secretary-general of Iran's supreme national security council, told Reuters

If they are attacked won't they have to prove to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. attacked them? Just because some Iranian nuclear facilities get blown up doesn't mean that the U.S. did it. There are a lot of countries that don't want Iran to have nukes. Plus it could be a domestic insurgency, rebels trying to overthrow a repressive regime. The mullahs would have to prove which country, if any, was responsible before they could legitimately retaliate.

Whoever attacks Iran's nuclear plants won't announce it beforehand. One morning we'll just wake up to the news that somebody exploded a bunch of buildings in Iran. And what if no country takes responsibility for it? Who could they attack? What a predicament!

The mullahs would have to go through proper channels and perform due diligence before they could just launch counter-strikes against a suspected nation. And if the U.N. Security Council were to veto such action then any counter-attack on their part would be a violation of international law, right?

And really, to achieve any real legitimacy the Iranians would need allies. They can't just act unilaterally, even in self-defence. It ain't kosher with the international community. Remind me again who their allies are?

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