Chavez: "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.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.
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