Upon his arrival to New York, President Ahmadinejad wasted no time in making his purpose for attending the NPT conference clear by telling reporters that, “we are not here to assure the West anything other than what the Islamic regime believes in and that is the NPT treaty has been a failure.”
With this introduction my guess is that his speech tomorrow will sound less reassuring and more scolding. To make his point I think he will touch on three key issues. First the President will touch on the subject of Israel’s nuclear capability in the Middle East region, its lack of transparency that has caused great insecurity in the region, and he will express concern over Israel’s unwillingness to sign on to the NPT.
Pushing on this subject he will most likely make the argument that if Israel has the right to such technology, as some experts estimate Israel of having over 100 nuclear warheads, then to level the playing field, other countries should abandon the NPT and pursue their own security interest as they see fit, both in the Middle East and around the world.
To avoid this nuclear doom and gloom scenario the President’s second point will be to demand a TOTAL reduction of nuclear warheads and in doing so call on the United States to act in self interest and reduce its nuclear stockpile. He will argue that no county can dictate to others what security means when they themselves are the bearers of insecurity.
And point three will be to recap points one and two, and accuse the United States of a double standard for having two sets of rules with regards to who can and can’t have access to weapons grade nuclear technology.
This will certainly open the door for Iran to take a new stance on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation by suggesting that now that the treaty has failed to achieve its intended goals, every country has the right to pursue security measures on its own in order to deter regional and global threats either independently or in a new alliance formation. And so with this speech his aim will be to push for the creation of a new none western lead global security alliance.
Personally, I DON’T have a problem with Iran acquiring nuclear technology nor do I have a problem with Iran having the bomb, however, where I do see a serious threat is in the caliber of people who have their finger on the trigger. Ahmadinejad has time and time again made it clear that he is ready to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and has expressed his intentions openly and candidly to the world. And to this point I think the free world should pay close attention to what will be said by the Islamic regime tomorrow.