Amidst shock and outrage over the assassination of Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, probably in retaliation for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, Iran has announced that it is for the first time refueling their largest nuclear reactor with enriched uranium they produced themselves.
Ironically, this reactor, the Tehran Research Reactor, was supplied to Iran in 1967 by the United States under the Atoms for Peace Program. This was during the Cold War, when the Shah of Iran was our guy in the Mid-East.
Reminds me of when the Bush Administration sent Colin Powell to address the United Nations carrying a bag of flour to represent Iraq’s stockpile of anthrax spores, which came from Fort Detrick Maryland back when Saddam Hussein was our guy in the Mid-East.
But that’s history, not our strong point. For example, how many Americans know that we joined with the British in 1953 to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Iran after they nationalized the Iranian petroleum industry? I bet the Iranians remember.
Meanwhile politicians and talking heads are getting all frothy about the Iranian nuclear program. We’re sailing carriers through the Strait of Hormuz and the Israelis are readying their latest bunker-buster bombs, much to the delight of crazy end-timers. Strange that some of the biggest sabre-rattlers are the same folks leading the ‘drill baby drill’ chant for cheap gasoline. Can you imagine ten dollars-a-gallon? Could happen any day. Here’s hoping cooler heads prevail.