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Iran does not hit the headlines

Pavel Pustelnik- Cardiff

February 12, 2012 | 7:42 pm

In the United Kingdom the news from Iran have been present in media but their importance has been blurred by the growing tensions in relation to Falklands. Once again Argentina seems to be in a mood for war. The Brits are still proud of Margaret Thatcher who won the previous war and would definitely push the current prime minister David Cameron to act decidedly if the situation worsened. How about Iran? Is the UK ready to oppose illegal nuclear power proliferation and appease to a potential threat?

It might well be that Iran is just playing with the international community and the political elites know well that the Islamic Republic already is another trouble spot on the nuclear map. However, as long as the information is not made public we tend to underestimate the consequences. I truly doubt whether the society would strongly oppose to Iran becoming a nuclear power officially. The political correctness and involvement in the ‘occupy’ movement are both harmonically playing the first fiddle. Nevertheless there might have been an answer from pacifistic environments, the general public would remain thoughtfully silent. Why should we risk if we are not at risk – this could be an argument. The reaction to the attacks on the British embassy in Teheran was laud, but not many specific steps have been taken. The uneasy relationship has remained bruised as always but still keeps going on.

As usually when it comes to controversies related to obtaining nuclear power in the Middle East, the Jewish milieu would be more inclined to share concerns. In this particular case of Iran the answer should be more determined. However, given the fact that the calls to stop construction of the nuclear power plants in Iran were not answered, the further appeals might not be equally strong. Even though the situation is more and more complicated it does not really seem that lay Jewish public is ready to oppose forcefully to the situation taking place in Teheran. Diagnosing the passiveness is an uneasy task but I would be inclined to believe that being silent can be read as being on alert to act if the things went really wrong.

( This article also on http://www.ajc-access.org/index.php?option=com_lyftenbloggie&view=lyftenbloggie&category=0&Itemid=176)

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