Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh
It's not the same at all. No one is trying to get Iran to disarm.
Iran is a sovereign nation. They signed the NPT and as a result they have a legal NPT guaranteed right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology including enrichment to 20%. The UNSC resolution ordering Iran to stop their legal NPT compliant enrichment activities violates Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology as an NPT signatory.
The US and their allies want to open all of Iran up to inspection, rather than just their declared nuclear facilities. When Iraq did that, UNSCOM used their access to spy on Iraq's legal defense systems. Allegedly US/UK spies in UNSCOM illegally planted eavesdropping and homing devices on Iraq's legal defense systems and in their command and control centers. UNSCOM also deliberately disrupted events and made ridiculous demands in order to provoke an Iraqi response.
When Iraq opened themselves up to unrestricted inspections, not finding anything was twisted into proof that Iraq was not cooperating. Goober still believes that falsehood today.
Iraq was forced to prove the non-existence of WMD stockpiles. The IAEA is now making similar demands of Iran to prove the non-existence of a nuclear weapon program. Lack of evidence is again being being portrayed as proof Iran is not cooperating and hiding their nuclear weapon program.
Just like Iraq, no action by Iran would result in the US lifting their sanctions.
I can see enough parallels that I understand why Iran would choose to not to follow the same path as Iraq.
What Iran wants, they already have. Iran has a nuclear weapon break out capability. Iran is a few months away from building and testing a nuclear weapon. Iran has no need to build nuclear weapons at this time. They have their nuclear deterrent.
Iran will not build nuclear weapons, unless they are attacked.
If Iran is invaded and occupied, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) will resort to asymmetric warfare. The IRGC which guards Iran's nuclear sites would lead the Iranian resistance. They would also possess all Iran's nuclear secrets and technology.
What's going on is that the US and Israel want to weaken Iran and soften them up for invasion/occupation, the same way they did to Iraq. This time its not going to work.