Sunday, 21 October 2012

What I'm reading (about): NUCLEAR IRAN

OK, I'm not reading this - not my kind of read - but a review in yesterday's Independent made some revealing - and disturbing - points which I'm sharing with you here. 

Iran's nuclear programme started way back in 1957. Tehran's first so-called 'research reactor' went critical in 1967, using weapons-grade enriched Uranium 235 supplied by - surprise! - the USA. The Shah saw nuclear power as a symbol of Iranian 'modernity', a notion that the Islamic Republic has also taken on board. Current American thinking is, of course, that naughty Mr Ahmedinijad wants Iran to become not just a modern state, but a regional superpower, likes those highly responsible nuclear-armed regimes in India, Pakistan and Israel.

As the Bible tells us (just looked it up: Hosea, 8:7): "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." 

They have - and perhaps they shall.

The second series of the near-apocalyptic series Homeland, currently airing on UK TV, is set in the  here and now - or at least in a very nearly present time - but between the end of of Series One and this new chapter Israel has destroyed Iran's nuclear research sites.

For the next week or so we will be "celebrating" the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis (which I'm using as the backdrop to my next novel). An appropriate time to be concerned about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Remember the ancient Chinese proverb or 'curse'? "May you live in interesting times." 

We do!