U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal in the Asian pivot: It’s complicated
By Dinesh Sharma
At the onset of the atomic age, J. Robert Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad Gita, “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” As Iran and potentially the whole of the Middle East may enter the nuclear age, we are reminded of his ominous warning.
As former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told a Senate hearing recently, the Iranian deal will certainly lead to greater proliferation, making Iran the lynchpin in the Middle East and Central Asia, with its influence spreading into Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At this turning point in history, Iran must embrace a peaceful civil nuclear program and make peace with Israel if it plans to join the emerging global civilization. Iran could possibly become another North Korea, a dangerous outcome. Or, it could follow the South Asian model of détente and help advance America’s Asian pivot. Read more