Iran Will Get Its Shi’ite Bomb

Tehran will not cease its efforts to develop its Shi’ite bomb. Until then, a review like the recent compliance certification of its nuclear activity is nothing more than window dressing designed to lull the gullible into a false sense of security. Shi’ite Iran with nuclear weapons will create more global instability. It will usher in a more dangerous world both within Islam and the world of the infidel. Sunni Islam has its nuclear bomb and Shi’ite Islam won’t cease its efforts to obtain one of their own. A world of peace seems to fade further and further away into the future.

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By Morgan Norval l August 14, 2017

The Trump Administration’s State Department recently certified that Iran was living up to its 2015 Obama-negotiated agreement not to develop nuclear weapons—atomic bombs. But it is wishful thinking on the part of the so-called “International Community.” They are overlooking, or, what is worse, thinking it is irrelevant—the long-standing acrimony between Sunni and Shi’ite Islam.

Iran sees itself as the main defender of Shi’ite Islam and views its defense and foreign policy with this in mind. Iran looks around its neighborhood and sees enemies both infidel and Islamic armed with nuclear weapons—Russia, China, and Israel to name three of the infidel powers.

More pressing from an internal conflict within Islam is its southern neighbor Pakistan, which is predominantly Sunni and possesses nuclear weapons. Sunni Pakistan has a minority of Shi’ites located primarily in the region of Karachi. These local Shi’ites are at the mercy of the attitude of their Sunni neighbors, who often demonstrate that “mercy” by using deadly force on Shi’ites. Iran must stand by and watch this violence because Pakistan has the ultimate deterrent against any Iranian intervention. It has the bomb and Iran doesn’t. While most of Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent is aimed at its nuclear neighbor India, the fact there is no Shi’ite bomb gives Sunni Pakistan greater flexibility in dealing with the heretics that follow the Party of Ali—the Islamic Shi’ites.

Who better to cast a nuclear umbrella over Islam’s Shi’ite than Iran?

Thus, Iran gives lip service to the Obama-negotiated nuclear agreement. Pre-Islamic history also has its influence on Iran as it was at the heart of the ancient Persian Empire. The Persians ruled the Middle East and even attempted to invade Europe via Greece but were repulsed at the battles of Marathon and Salamis. This ancient Persian Empire was destroyed by the military campaign of Alexander the Great and never returned to its former power and glory. In spite of Alexander’s conquest, the memory of the glory and power of ancient Persia still resonates within the memory of current day Iran. Even zealot Shi’ite Muslims in Iran are proud of their pre-Islamic history.

Tehran will proceed with the development of its nuclear arsenal whether by subterfuge, or partnering with North Korea, which has its advantages. North Korea is poor, and thanks to Obama, Iran has a load of cash at its disposal. This cash came about due to the Obama-Iran deal lifting the freeze on Iranian assets. Iran also benefits from the deal by being able to generate funds through the sale of its oil and gas and spread some of this cash to North Korea in return for Pyongyang’s cooperation in developing nuclear weapons and delivery systems for both countries. It’s a “win-win” situation for each of them. Both countries hate the U.S. and aren’t likely to go to war against one another in the future, so working together makes sense. An added benefit to Iran is the fact that North Korea lies under Beijing’s protective nuclear umbrella. No doubt China will also be a big customer of exported Iranian oil and gas.

This hidden partnership between North Korea and Iran also has an element of defense and survival for Iran against an Israeli attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear development facilities. If Israel were to attack and successfully destroy those facilities, Iran’s program could shift to its ally North Korea. Such an Israeli attack would slow down Iran’s march to the bomb, but would not halt its nuclear development.

It is well to remember that, in spite of these differences, both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims have a sense of manifest destiny in both of their attempts to spread Islam until it engulfs the whole world. We in the non-Muslim world are standing in the path of this manifest destiny, which promises much violence ahead.

Tehran will not cease its efforts to develop its Shi’ite bomb. Until then, a review like the recent compliance certification of its nuclear activity is nothing more than window dressing designed to lull the gullible into a false sense of security. Shi’ite Iran with nuclear weapons will create more global instability. It will usher in a more dangerous world both within Islam and the world of the infidel. Sunni Islam has its nuclear bomb and Shi’ite Islam won’t cease its efforts to obtain one of their own. A world of peace seems to fade further and further away into the future.

Notably, President Donald Trump speaking to reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey just before a security briefing on Thursday, August 10 said Iran was neither in compliance with the agreement nor the spirit of the nuclear deal struck by former President Obama in 2015. The State Department is required to recertify Tehran’s compliance every 90-days. The next certification comes in October


Morgan Norval is the founder and Executive Director of the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research and a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis of the online-conservative-journalism center at the Washington-based foundation.