Right, I know theres already been a few threads on Iran but I feel the gaming board has changed recently!
A second Uranium Enriching Plant was discovered recently leading to Presidents Obama and Sarkozy aswell as Prime Minister Brown to call for access for UN inspectors.
The UK, US and France are the main Western voices in the criticism but even Russia and China who seem to usually be more lenient towards Iran have showed conern.
Israel seems willing to take Military action in what it would call self-defence. Without changing the nature of this thread to one on Israel; The reason I don't largely object to Israel having Nuclear Weapons is because it is generally a stable state with peaceful intenions. Iran on the other hand has openly declared it wants to "Wipe Israel off the map", and would likely be poised to do so if it actually did obtain Nuclear Weapons. Aside from that Iran is not a stable state. Mainly because it is a Theocratic state which is dangerous (in my opinion) in itself.
Adding to the Criticism of Iran: It is likely that the recent Iranian elections were a fix (See: Link
Could this be the start of an Arms race in the Middle-East? This situation could easily lead to one in my opinion. The West would obviously get involved if such a thing did occur, is that justified? Do you agree with Western Intervention militarily?
I was just wondering on everyone's thoughts on this situation in general, and on Iran and its intentions.
EDIT: Heres a Link
with some general information on the subject.
EDIT2: I've been reading around the subject a bit today and came across some more 'goings-on'!
Iran has tested 2 short-range missiles recently and plans for a long-range missile test tomorrow (Monday 28/09/09) which experts believe would be capable of reaching Israels border and many US bases around the Gulf. On top of that the Revolutionary Guard have been ordered tomorrow to begin training exercises to "improve the Islamic Republic armed forces' defence capabilities", this however is largely Missile defence exercises aswell which will obviously further tensions!