The UN’s Security Council pushes for a nuclear-free Middle East, a good idea for people and the environment. Image via davidsommerfeld.
What Happens to the Environment in a Nuclear Middle East as well as on the dangers of building nuclear reactors in countries like Jordan and Egypt are articles we’ve delved into in the past. Even one was written dealing with the ramifications of a possible vaccine against the effects of nuclear radiation.
But now, a lot of hype is being given in regards to trying the make the Middle East a nuclear free zone, as reported in the Jerusalem Post last week. And these new proposals, backed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, Great Britain, France, Russia, and the USA, appear to be expressing concern over the ongoing nuclear program of Iran. We think the results of such a ban could be good for the over all health of the Middle East.
“We are committed to a full implemented of the 1995 NPT resolution on the Middle East and we support all ongoing efforts to this end,” the statement read. “We are ready to consider all relevant proposals in the course of the Review Conference in order to come to an agreed decision aimed at taking concrete steps in this direction.”
One does not need to read between the lines to figure out that a nuclear weapon free Middle East must also include another country – Israel. Arab leaders in Egypt, Kuwait, Syria, and even Iran are demanding that Israel agree to fully divulge its nuclear program and become a signed member to the 1995 nuclear proliferation treaty resolution dealing with the Middle East.
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The implications of such requests are obvious in that countries like Iran, whose leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had the chutzpa to show up at the UN last week to “warn” the world body about Israel’s nuclear threat!
But let’s put the subject of nuclear armament aside for the moment, and consider the possibilities of nuclear contamination or even catastrophe should a nuclear power plant built in a country like Jordan next to their resort and port city of Aqaba (and next door to Israel’s city of Eilat).
The results could be a reactor leak or an actual meltdown as happened at Chernobyl in April, 1986. The results of such an occurrence could be nothing less terrifying than a “dirty bomb”.
As for Mr. Ahmadinejad’s remarks at both the U.N. and during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, he isn’t making any friends on that side of world, for sure.
It’s doubtful that Israel is planning to “come clean” and sign any nuclear non-proliferation treaty any time soon. But neither is Iran for that matter. And in regards to building nuclear reactors “for peaceful purposes,” with all the sunshine available in this part of the world, perhaps renewable energy projects make a lot more sense. They are definitely safer and more environmentally friendly than the safest nuclear reactor.
For this reason in particular, a nuclear-free Middle East makes a lot of sense.
More articles on nuclear programs in the Middle East:
Israel Seeks to Build Nuclear Plants With Arab Neighbors
Uranium Discoveries in Jordan Could Damage Country’s Fragile Eco System
What Happens to the Environment in a Nuclear Middle East?