As Britain, France and the USA send their warships into the Straits of Hormuz, in order to impose their will on the people of Iran, we ought to recall the records of these three nuclear armed powers. All have recent form for attacking sovereign states because they disapprove of their governments, and the USA is the only nation which has ever used nuclear weapons, devastating two cities in the process. Yet these three demand constraints on Iran to ensure it is unable to manufacture the sort of weapons with which they’ve threatened the world for decades.
We should also recall that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, so often cited as holy writ in these matters, is not solely concerned with preventing states like Iran from acquiring the same destructive capacity possessed by Britain, France and the USA. It also requires that these three, and other nuclear weapons states, should pursue disarmament, with a view to eliminating nuclear weapons entirely. I see no evidence that any of those governments takes that objective at all seriously, yet they persist in imposing economic sanctions on the people of Iran, while refusing to rule out the possibility of military action if their demands are not met.
I don’t pretend to know the true intentions of the government of Iran regarding nuclear technology, but I can sympathise with its determination to resist this intimidation. Yet no doubt Iran will be condemned by our media, with no mention of the massive hypocrisy of which the so-called Western powers are obviously guilty.