Will Iran’s Nuclear Program Kill Millions Without Launching a Missile?

While the United States has, despite all the alarmist movies, remained fairly safe while using nuclear power, the chain of nuclear proliferation has also led to diminishing levels of competence.

Russia had Chernobyl, China had a number of nuclear accidents over the years that it covered up with varying degrees of success, Pakistan has already managed to have an accident and by the time we reach Iran, a country that was recently forced to evacuate major cities, the risk of an accident significantly increases.

Bushehr sits on an active fault line, raising the risks of a Fukushima-type catastrophe. Unless action is taken, the likelihood of an accident is far too high for the international community to ignore.

A Chernobyl-type nuclear meltdown in Bushehr would not only inflict severe damage in southern Iran, but also in the six oil and gas-rich Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Indeed, the capitals of those states are closer to Bushehr than Tehran. Nuclear radiation in the air and water would disrupt the Strait of Hormuz shipping, the world’s most important oil choke point. Oil prices would skyrocket. The world economy would face a hurricane.

With prevailing winds blowing from east to west in the gulf, and coastal currents that circle counterclockwise, radiation fallout would contaminate oil fields and desalination plants that provide fresh water for local inhabitants. This would be an unmitigated disaster for the gulf states that rely on desalination plants for water, and would also threaten the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, stationed in Bahrain.

Iran could accomplish many of its goals, breaking its Sunni Gulf rivals and attacking the US presence through sheer incompetence, real or pretend. It’s a rather ugly scenario that demonstrates yet another way that nuclear power can be used as a weapon under the cloak of plausible deniability.

 In August of 2010, after several years of delay, the plant became officially operational when fuel rods were transported to the reactor. After no more than six months of operation, the reactor had to be shut down due to problems with the cooling system, which were blamed on German-made components. According to Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, the problems were design anomalies. He stated that 24 percent of the parts and equipment used at the Bushehr plant are German, 36 percent Iranian and 40 percent Russian.

This is not how you make a safe nuclear power plant.

No, but when your concern is getting a nuke, instead of nuclear power, then safety really does not come first.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "Today It's the Gun and the Qur'an (Koran)…
    Tomorrow It Will Be Nukes and the Qur'an.

    Until a nation has embraced Islam, it is legally considered a battlefield (Dar-ul-Harb). – Once it has converted to Islam (or all its citizens have been slaughtered or driven out), it then becomes a Land of "Peace" (Dar-us-Salaam).

    For those who think that the threat of Islam is only a phenomenon of the Middle East, think again! Although the Jewish State of Israel has been fighting a brave and fierce battle against Islam for over 50 years, there are many other "hot spots" in the world.

    Muslims in Obama's childHOOD country of Indonesia, they are forcing Christians of all denominations to convert to Islam or get their throats slit. In Obama's father's Kenya, the Islamic Party has declared Holy War on the government.

    Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of Islam's murderous philosophy or they find it too monstrous to believe.

  • rightwingcanadian

    if we don't invade Iran we'll all end up dead or reading the Koran. Ahmadinejad is only fufuling Mohamed's dream of wiping out infidels.

    • EarlyBird

      "Invade?" You sound like a typical softy leftist. Let's just nuke Tehran. It will solve the Iranian problem and put the fear of God into Israel's enemies everywhere.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        OK Moby.

      • rightwingcanadian

        point taken

  • Thomas Wells

    Iran may think that a nuclear catastrophe is a good way to bring on the Mahdi.

  • jeff Powers

    So this site only allows comments that agree with the author. That's real open minded.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "So this site only allows comments that agree with the author. That's real open minded."

      Silly leftist dupe,

      The moderation is automated based on keywords. It is also imperfect. I got locked out for 3 days on 100% of the comments I tried to publish recently. There was no conspiracy or malice involved.

      Lots of people disagree with the author. Some times we discourage them by arguing with logic and reason. That's why there aren't that many leftist trolls, but they're allowed and even welcomed.

      Troll hunting keeps things exciting. Please try harder…perhaps when you grow up a little and overcome some of that paranoia.

      • EarlyBird

        Hey Objective Facts: when someone cuts you off in traffic, does that make him a leftist?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Hey Objective Facts: when someone cuts you off in traffic, does that make him a leftist?"

          Some times, yes. But you've got bigger problems than that, so why do you care?

          http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left

          Origin of LEFT

          Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand's being the weaker in most individuals
          First Known Use: 13th century

    • Mary Sue

      Incorrect. I have had this happen to me a few times and all the comments agreed. It's completely random.

  • Mary Sue

    Chernobyl's fate may well be some poor sap Gulf country's fate if they get a nuclear reactor and abuse it the way Chernobyl was, by using it for purposes it was never intended for. Yuck, nuclear oil…

  • EarlyBird

    Hey I know! Let's bomb Iran's nuclear program (or actually get the Big Dumb Americans to do the dirty work for us) and make SURE that there is nuclear fallout and environmental disaster that poisons Israel. That will show those anti-Semites and self-hating Jews!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "…make SURE that there is nuclear fallout and environmental disaster that poisons Israel. That will show those anti-Semites and self-hating Jews!"

      Only leftists fantasize about plans to murder their political foes who try to spare everyone from their evil plans.

      By there way, there are billions of options if we account for the innumerable military tactical options for showing Iran the limits of what we should tolerate. Appeasement vs. nuking them is a false dichotomy, obviously.

  • Crusher©

    okay so basically theyve finally gotten a genuine sounding excuse to go attempting prevent prophecy, my goodness