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Nuclear Hugo?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, June 30, 2007

One thing you can count on from Hugo Chavez- he will find a way to make the news:
President Hugo Chávez yesterday hinted that Venezuela could try to become a nuclear power, during a visit to Russia apparently timed to antagonise the White House.

Mr Chávez defended Iran's right to pursue a nuclear programme and said it might be a good idea if Venezuela eventually did the same thing. Speaking before an audience of communists and other elements hostile to America, Mr Chávez said: "Iran has a right to have a peaceful atomic energy industry, as it is a sovereign country.
Ironically, I agree with Chavez's point that countries have a right to have a "peaceful atomic energy industry". I simply don't agree that's the intent of Iran's nuclear energy industry. Nor do I believe it would be the intent of any nuclear energy industry the dictator of Venezuela would undertake.

(HT: Influence Peddler)
 
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Chavez: "Iran has a right to have a peaceful atomic energy industry, as it is a sovereign country.

McQ:
Ironically, I agree with Chavez’s point that countries have a right to have a "peaceful atomic energy industry". I simply don’t agree that’s the intent of Iran’s nuclear energy industry.
What if the revolutionary government of Iran isn’t a sovereign government?

What makes them sovereign? That they rule a particular piece of real estate from the barrel of a gun? I agree that countries have a right to a peaceful atomic energy industry. For that matter, real countries with realgovernments have the right to arm themselves with nuclear weapons if their representative government deems it necessary for their defense. Now that Chavez has tossed the Venezuelan constitution and rules by decree, his government is no longer a real government either. He nor Iran deserve any international privileges of sovereignty.

Sovereignty isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. It is a promise from other legitimate governments to respect the authority and stewardship of the leadership of a nation. Outside of that international respect, it doesn’t exist.

yours/
peter.
 
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URL: www.liberalcapitalist.com

 
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