The initial steps have been taken to turn on the Bushir nuclear reactor in Iran. Russia is bringing fuel to Iran to load into the reactor, though it may take months for the station to begin producing electricity.
In the agreement with Russia, the low enriched fuel will be brought from Russia and the spent fuel rods will be returned there. Remember, spent nuclear fuel rods contain weapons grade plutonium. If the rods are mishandled, misplaced, or “disappear,” it is likely that terrorists will get their hands on weapons grade plutonium. The LA Times reports that:
The $1-billion contract between Russia and Iran is designed to prevent Tehran from enriching uranium to weapons-grade strength. Russia has provided the 1,000-megawatt plant with low-enriched uranium, which has been sealed and monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran is also required to return fuel and plutonium generated at Bushehr to Russia for reprocessing.
With Iran receiving fuel from Russia, one would think that there is no need to have any enrichment activity on Iranian soil for peaceful purposes. It has become clear to the world that nuclear power is simply a cover for what Iran is actually seeking: nuclear weapons.
Iran is the single largest threat to the safety and stability of the Democratic world. The United States and European Union should be much more worried about what is going on. It seems that Israel may be on its own to protect itself from a nuclear terrorist state. After a lengthy speculation on why Israel may attack Iran, the international community is in a frenzy whether we are past a point of no return.
In a wonderfully written and inquisitive article in the Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg notes:
But, based on my conversations with Israeli decision-makers, this period of forbearance, in which Netanyahu waits to see if the West’s nonmilitary methods can stop Iran, will come to an end this December. Robert Gates, the American defense secretary, said in June at a meeting of NATO defense ministers that most intelligence estimates predict that Iran is one to three years away from building a nuclear weapon. “In Israel, we heard this as nine months from June—in other words, March of 2011,” one Israeli policy maker told me. “If we assume that nothing changes in these estimates, this means that we will have to begin thinking about our next step beginning at the turn of the year.”
So, if we are only months away from the Iranian bomb, and Iran is both turning on a nuclear reactor and highly enriching uranium, the biggest enemy of Israel and the free world must be stopped.
I hope someone does something before it is too late.