here is my very limited understanding of the current situation:
- Iran wants nuclear-generated electricity so they can continue to sell their oil on the open market
- the US doesn’t want them to get smart/capable on nuclear because Iran could apply that knowledge to nuclear weapons
- Iran has claimed their desire to wipe Israel off the map; so we don’t want them to have nukes
how about this: here’s a list of nuclear generating companies in the US. why don’t we let Iran pick a name from the list, and have them build and run the nuclear plant in Iran; with very little transfer of knowledge, you avoid the weaponization issue. if they don’t want a US company, I know there are plenty of European countries/companies with a long record of nuclear power.
better yet, the US can help broker this deal: find out what Iran is realistically willing to pay to continue their nuclear program, get legitimate power companies to bid on a contract to deliver — it might even be in our interest to pay the difference between what Iran can afford and what it might cost, as it would surely be less costly than launching a military campaign against Iran…
in my mind, keeping proven technology and techniques away from them and forcing them to develop their own nuclear systems is the worst idea — no offense to their engineers, but they’re much more likely to fire up another Chernobyl than replicate GE Power Systems division. this policy would have a secondary effect of retarding their science programs, which I’m not in favor of — I think dissemination of knowledge is one of the most important things we can champion as a free society — but in this case I think it can be justified.
if Iran really is working towards nuclear weapons, their rejection of a fair proposal would confirm this assumption. what we do then, I’m not sure, but maybe we would have bought some time and instead of looking like war-mongerers on the worlds stage we would be able to honestly say we tried to broker a safe and fair solution.