A Nuclear Iran: In Russia's self-interest?
"A nuclear Iran is in Russia's direct self-interest." Canadian blogger
Is Iran receiving technical and diplomatic help in its "nuclear program"? Many think this has been clear for some time, and remains unspoken in the hopes that silence will be the golden fix which makes it not be true.
Israel has been making this claim for nearly 2 months. I wrote about it here on Now Public as well.
What is less clear is why would Russia do this? Angering America, having a nuclear-tipped madman next door, all of these things and others besides have been held up as reasons why it is not in Russia’s best interest to cooperate with the US on preventing Iran from getting nukes.
I contend that these things are viewed as small potatoes to the current occupants of the Kremlin. They have bigger fish to fry. Even the profit Russians makes off selling Iran their nuclear expertise and anti-aircraft systems like the S-300 sirface-to-air missile are piddling.
The real reason is that Russia wants to goad Iran into starting a nuclear war with Israel. Sure 100,000 Jews will die in Tel Aviv and 20,000,000 Persians will die in the inevitable counterattack, but just think how high the price of oil will go if there were nuclear war in the Persian Gulf region! If oil rises to $300 per barrel, imagine how much money Gasprom will make. And those rich, effete Europeans? They will lie prostrate at Vladimir Putin’s feet. Stalin was able to take Eastern Europe, Stalin-worshiper Putin will be able to extend Russia’s empire to the French Riviera. That’s their goal.
And if you think that the Putin gang doesn’t think in such horrible terms, you are almost naive enough to be President of the United States.
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