Next stop, Iran

My latest column for New Matilda discusses the Iranian “threat”:

We’re told that the rise of a nuclear Iran is not to be tolerated — but India and Pakistan can build their arsenals with Western blessing. Israel’s open secret of between 200 and 500 nuclear warheads isn’t even susceptible to international inspections, while Iran has allowed UN inspectors to comb the country looking for weapons material.

It should be noted that North Korea has undoubtedly learnt the best way to avoid US invasion: build a bomb, maybe a few, and watch the world suddenly cease its threats.

Fervour for some kind of Western offensive against Iran is gathering steam. Even ABC Radio’s PM is not immune. In mid-February, host Mark Colvin interviewed an English professor on international affairs and asked him how the West should deal with the ”˜Iranian nuclear threat.’

My New Matilda archive is here.