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October 28, 2005

Iran controversy reactions

I've been looking at the reactions to the articles about the statements the president of Iran made regarding maps of the Middle East. This is things like user comments on the BBC site, etc. Meta-reactions to his statement, so to say. Some interesting conclusions, very few of which are correct, could be drawn from the content of these comments. These jumped out at me as representing the uninformed consensus of the world:

  1. Iran is an Arab country.
  2. A nuclear weapons program is illegal under international law.
  3. In 1948, Israel took away all the land the U.N. had decided was for the Palestinian state, leading to large numbers of refugees and our present situation.

I just wish people would do a little more reading for item 1. The next step, for item 2, is to realize that not all countries are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (and that in fact there are at least two current declared nuclear powers who are not signatories). For non-signatory states, there is nothing inherently illegal about pursuing nuclear weapons capability. Finally, for item 3, I suggest people look at a map of the Middle East in 1949 and compare it to a map of the proposed U.N. partition of Palestine. That would make it abundantly clear who took over most of the land for the proposed Arab state in Palestine.

Posted by bzbarsky at October 28, 2005 3:33 PM