Response to ‘Let Iran have its nuke’

Theocratic regimes are too dangerous to be allowed nuclear weapons.

Michael Leviton

The editorial âÄúLet Iran have its nuke,âÄù printed in MondayâÄôs issue of The Minnesota Daily seemed to me a bit naïve. As the author clearly states, Iran has never confirmed that its nuclear ambitions are for defensive purposes but consistently claims they are peaceful. All direct evidence produced thus far seems to be to the contrary. If Iran is indeed in the process of building a nuclear weapon, as all intelligence indicates, why do they do it in the shadows? If they are asserting their nationâÄôs sovereignty, why do they not admit what they are trying to do? Finally, I think it can be said that a theocratic government should be discouraged, even through the use of force, from obtaining nuclear weapons. Why are theocracies especially dangerous? Because they assert their power as coming from a deity, a divine supernatural force that dictates its will upon the government and from the government to the people. From this absurd notion springs another, which is all who oppose the government oppose God. This line of thinking has recently been spewed forth from the supreme leader of Iran concerning the opposition protesters that continue to fight for a free Iran. If dissidents and countries that oppose IranâÄôs will are against God, they must be for evil. If one is against God, then the act of killing this person is seen as a good deed; a deed that wins the approval of God is in the defense of God. It does not take a giant leap of the imagination to see how quickly a theocratic government, believing it has special access to GodâÄôs will and is in a special position to defend it, can set off calamities of enormous proportions. All the more if it possesses weapons of mass destruction. Governments based on secular principles, dictated by evidence and reason and not superstition, are the only governments that should be trusted (and history has shown us that even these governments sometimes are fallible) with this enormous and deadly power. Let Iran have nukes, and watch the Middle East erupt in a mushroom cloud. Michael Leviton University graduate student