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09 March 2007


Eliminating the Ayatollah - preview

Geoffrey Carnall of South-East Scotland MM explores Ayatollah Khamenei’s denouncement of nuclear weapons

One day last summer the young political science graduate who helps staff Edinburgh's Peace and Justice Centre called me over to the computer at which he was doing some searches
  • He wanted me to look at something interesting he'd stumbled on
  • The media had been having a steady stream of stories about Iran and its nuclear ambitions
  • How soon might there be an Iranian bomb? But here was an official Iranian statement to the International Atomic Energy Authority, made on 9 August 2005 (Nagasaki Day sixty years on), and it suggested something rather different
  • Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, had denounced nuclear weapons as incompatible with Islamic teaching
  • Iran did not need them and must not have them
  • This was no politic denial but a fierce denunciation
  • If Iran were to acquire nukes, it clearly wasn't going to be with the consent of the current top man

  • Geoffrey Carnall

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