The Nuke Economy
In order to
behavior, we have to pull Israel out
of the equation.
by Viktoria Lymar
by Steven Stenzler
23 February 2012
Iran needs nuclear
weapons – from its vantage point, of course – not in order to eliminate Israel, but rather in order to seize control
over the resources of the Persian Gulf states.
of Iran are
fixed on the big prize. Tehran’s threats to stop the oil exports to France and
Britain, and afterwards perhaps to other European countries, is the last round
in the tactical campaign of deception and fraud whose purpose is to buy time
and bring the Iranians to the nuclear point of no return. A
tactical battle for the sake of strategic goals.
In order to
understand Iran’s behavior,
we have to pull Israel out
of the equation. There’s no economic, diplomatic or political sense in Iran’s tremendous investment in the development
of nuclear weapons solely to threaten Israel. The Iranian policy of
intimidation and promises indicates that what’s guiding its leaders – is
logic. Israel may
be a target, but it is certainly not a par excellence target.
Iran’s true objectives are
different and way more dangerous. A nuclear Iran means, first and
foremost, prevention of foreign interference in the case of domestic rebellion.
Moreover, nuclear arms are perceived in the eyes of the Iranians as a shortcut
to the status of a superpower. Seemingly, there is something far-fetched in Ahmedinejad’s dreams of empire – at a time when he’s unable
to take care of the normal meat supply in Tehran.
From the economic perspective, however – there is a great logic to the nuclear
option. The nuclear capability – they are positive in Tehran – will allow the country to acquire
control of attractive assets. The Iranians, naturally, don’t have enough means
and knowledge to establish an army of occupation, and therefore, maintenance of
nuclear weapon is considered by them to be the only way available to turn Iran into a ruler of the Persian Gulf, and
gradually transform Iraq,
Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Kuwait into its protectorates.
Such a state of affairs will enable Iran to be in command of
transferring nearly 20% of global oil production.
Iran has set its eyes on
the oil booty – however, it turns a blind eye to history. Countries seeking to
achieve conquest through threats and basing their economic strategy on looting
can never be satisfied with merely threatening. Sooner or later, the method of
extortion, even under the auspices of nuclear capacity, is to exhaust itself.
From here, a war is to start. It would do good bringing to mind a historical
anecdote: in 1936, Nazi Germany was under a regime of rationing. Hitler was
preoccupied with the thoughts of how to provide butter for the hungry Germans.
His solution was the manufacturing of cannons. 3 years later, World War II
Original Hebrew article:
Note: the Hebrew text on the
picture says: “We’re out of meat. Would you like