Iran has long declared a war on the Western nations and has been adamant that they have the capabilities to produce nuclear weapons. The ability of Iran to produce nuclear weapons has created controversy and has come with sanctions from NATO and the United States. This week, Iran again has indicated their technology is enhancing their goal of producing nuclear weapons as the NATO meeting draws closer.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Iran tested its air-defense missile system Thursday, Nov. 18, the day before NATO’s annual meeting. The top military alliance is planning for a missile-defense strategy in Europe as Iran continues to threaten the West with missile action. Although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared Iran capable of a nuclear program, it seems NATO has shrugged off the developments and they believe that Iran is incapable of such actions. The threat from Iran has been growing over the past few years, but their technological advances seem to indicate they cannot produce nuclear weapons.
I think the Iranian missile will have a huge impact on NATO’s summit in Lisbon, Portugal, for various reasons. NATO needs to put plans into place and condemn the actions of Iran while setting forth consequences for continued nuclear enrichment. I think that the impact will be heavy because NATO knows that Iran could have the capabilities at some point to develop high-tech missiles. The members of NATO need to sit down and make an agreement about how to pursue Iran and how to get the country to stop building their nuclear weapons program.
Right now, they might not think Iran has the technology to develop the weapons, but they need to condemn and sanction Iran anyway for making the threat. Ahmadinejad has been spewing threats for years about Iran’s nuclear capabilities and it is about time NATO gets together and does something about it. A clear message needs to be sent to Ahmadinejad, and this is the time it should happen.
Whether or not NATO’s member nations believe that Iran can produce missiles, they need to make sure they all are in agreement over how they wish to handle the threats. These threats from Ahmadinejad are real and NATO needs to think heavily about what actions or sanctions could be put against Iran. I think it will be on their minds as they go into their meeting because people’s lives are at stake with their decision about Iran.
The threat from Iran to the West should be taken seriously by NATO’s member nations. I believe that although Iran seems to be less innovative in their technology, sooner or later they will actually have the capabilities to produce nuclear weapons. Whether or not Iran could produce powerful missiles right now remains to be seen, but eventually it will happen. If the Western nations continue to shrug the possibly off, then it could mean severe consequences if Iran really did produce nuclear weapons. NATO’s member nations need to take this seriously because they need to put a plan into place regarding sanctions and possible repercussions against Iran. If the Western nations are not prepared for a nuclear development from Iran, then how will they know how to defend everyone from it?
If NATO does not take these threats seriously, then one day when Iran produces nuclear missiles, it will make it harder for Western nations to protect their people from the weapons. Not being prepared is something that could get millions of people killed all around the world, so this should not be taken lightly.
Scott Peterson, “Iran missile system tested, rhetoric sharpened on eve of NATO summit”, Christian Science Monitor