Iranian Nuclear Technology... and they call us conspiracy theory junkies...Submitted by amirh on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 18:50
AllahPundit at HotAir has a blog post titled 'Ron Paul on Iranian nukes: “I wouldn’t do that much about it”'
They seem to buy into the narrative that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons to trade with the more bellicose allies of theirs.
So now I want to provide you with a more informed narrative, coming from someone who understands nuclear technology.
In fact, AllahPundit probably hasn't the slightest clue about nuclear technology, but the abstraction provided by government bureaucrats or the media he consumes is certainly a useful fear string to pull. Now he uses the same fear to reiterate and re-enforce the "Ron Paul is crazy" story, since Ron Paul is too rational-minded to buy the US story that Iran is wasting effort on nuclear weapons. The IAEA has said that Iran does not seem to be developing weapons, though the US thinks so despite this. Unlike my friends at HotAir, I understand how Iran's latest heavy water reactor works (I work on a similar one) and why heavy water reactors allow Iran to make their uranium enrichment programs (required for bombs) obsolete. Unfortunately, heavy water reactors are also used for the creation of plutonium; this is the sort of development that is closely watched and audited by third inspectors like the IAEA or probably some guys at the CIA with a close-source super-duper-secret Google Maps plugin.
Frankly I can't imagine an Iranian engineer would have any desire to mess with large quantities of bomb material, your risk of being killed goes up by a factor of 1000000 just for being in that room, no rational engineer in "today's word" would be involved with that in any way. The goal for the US should be to support Iran and potentially find a vested economic interest in the development of safe, secure, and MONITORED civilian infrastructure. If we distance ourselves with an isolating policy of "sanctions" then we only increase the threat that they will attempt to rationalize the development of a deterant.
Most Americans probably don't know that we actually helped the Iranian people develop their original Nuclear infrastructure in the 50's. Perhaps someone can explain why a country like Iran would have an interest in starting nuclear war--for some crazy irrational purpose huh? It is impossible for a room full of dimwits to put together a nuclear reactor. When a group of engineers who don't speak English actually do it, why does it seem like the Americans who can only speak fear always go berserk. And they call us conspiracy theory junkies!!
The striking issue is that none of these anti-Pauls have a clue about nuclear technology and seem to like to just go back and forth with the "Ron Paul is crazy" or "Ron Paul's supporters are crazy" meme like they're just exchanging, well, "hot air" and not much content. One of the comments even talks about "electromagnetic pulses" with a simple step-by-step plan on how it'll happen like they learned about this shit from Hollywood movies instead of an MIT lecture hall. How does the rational voice compete against this widely accepted narrative?