How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Iranian Bomb

Caroline Glick, writing in the Jerusalem Post, examines the best, moderate, and worst case scenarios if Iran gets the bomb.

Here’s the “best” case:

…In the most optimistic scenario, Iran would not attack Israel or any other country with its atomic arsenal, but would rather use it as an instrument of international and regional influence. In this scenario, Iran would reap economic advantage from its nuclear status by threatening oil shipping in the Persian Gulf and so jack up worldwide oil and gas prices. A massive economic dislocation in the oil consuming countries would no doubt ensue. In this state of affairs, all international economic sanctions against Iran would disappear and states would begin fighting with one another for the right to develop Iran’s oil and gas fields and refining capabilities.

Operating under Iran’s nuclear umbrella, terror groups like Hizbullah and Al-Qaida would feel free to attack at will throughout the world. The rates of terrorism – of both the organized and lone wolf variety – would increase exponentially.

Regionally, Iran would work to export its Khomeinist Shi’ite revolution. It would increase its interference in both Iraq and Afghanistan and so neutralize and defeat coalition and NATO efforts to stabilize those countries.

As to Saudi Arabia, there can be little doubt that Iran would seek to foment an uprising of Saudi Shi’ites who happen to live as a repressed minority on top of the Saudi oil fields.

Hizbullah’s aim to overthrow the Saniora government in Lebanon would receive unprecedented Iranian assistance that would likely lead to the Shi’ite takeover of the country. So too, under the Iranian nuclear umbrella, Palestinian terrorism against Israel, and Syrian adventurism against Israel would rise steeply. The regimes in Egypt and Jordan as well as Saudi Arabia would be sunk into chaos, insurgency and war as they themselves entered a nuclear arms race the likes of which the world has never seen.

Feel better? Read the entire article for the other, less “optimistic,” scenarios.

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