President Barack Obama says by the end of this year he and the World will know whether or not Iran has honest and peaceful intentions for its use of nuclear power. Barack Obama's endorsement of this concern as a legitimate concern is a dialog we do not need to have. See update below.Iran's energy concerns are legitimate, with no discussion of why they the country is energy barren. Without the threats against the West and Israel, Iran would have the world flocking to their aid. What is it that the World doesn't get about Iranian President Ahmadinejad's own words. Why are we willing to take the risk? These are serious questions. In 2006 Ahmadinejad said:
The fire of the wrath of the peoples is about to erupt and overlow and the people will soon rage; today the Iranian people is the owner of nuclear technology [source Iranian.ws].We can sum it up this way using Obama's own words saying there is a danger:
...when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.Because Muslim countries have a different culture and a different history, we cannot impose our peaceful values upon them. If they want nuclear, they have the right to nuclear, even if we know from their own declarations that they intend to use the nuclear power against the West and Israel. Obama's bottom line is that we do not have the right to see to it that Iran never achieves the technology needed to take us out. President Obama needs to explain how the world will be safer with a nuclear Iran. The photo above is from the New York Times. Read their reporting on a recent tour of Natanz, an Iranian nuclear site, along with an amazing photo essay. Hot Air has posted some interesting commentary. Be sure to read to the end for an Iran-U.S. Independence Day snippet.