Comments:Russia agrees to construct Turkish nuclear reactor
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|Classic Russian Strategy||4||04:43, 15 May 2010|
Russia is looking to expand their sphere of influence for control of the Black Sea. Developing there economic clout in Turkey is just another step in that direction.
So turkey gets to build nuclear reactors but Iran doesn't? seems rather Asymetrical doesn't it?
I think its fair to say that Turkey is not as much of a threat as Iran. However, they aren't the most ideal nation for nuclear technology either. Are they nuts/scared enough to build a bomb?
Unlikely, but is it worth the risk?
It's a tough one. If Greece and Turkey in particular would settle down and leave each other the hell alone I'd be much happier. I can't imagine them nuking Greece, but I can imagine that the constant displays of military power have created a culture where the military would press to build such a thing, even though there is no conceivable reason why they might ever need one.
Turkey is just the sort of place where dirty tricks are employed. In the linked example, authorities accuse military officers of trying to provoke chaos for a coup attempt; the military dismisses this idea.
Wouldn't Turkey nuking Greece be like chopping off one's nose to spite one's face? Oh, wait, this is Turkey and Greece we;re talking about, that's exactly the kind of thing they'd do!
Unless you eat up Pentagon propaganda, the clear truth is that the Iranian Government, -theocratic and despotic as it may be- is not at all interested in building, much less using a Nuclear bomb. This is not to say there aren't some extremist Iranians who would be, but they are not backed by the government. This may seem suprising given that Israel possesses an undisclosed number (likely in the low hundreds) of nukes, but Nuclear weapons (as well as Biological and Chemical) are theologically unacceptable in Iran, The Ayatollahs won't have any of it.
The point I was trying to make was not that Turkey would be irresponsible with nuclear weapons, (actually in the past they've proven quite responsible with nuclear weapons they had acquired during the Cold War through NATO's Nuclear Sharing program.) but that Iran and Turkey should be put on an equal footing when it comes to their rights (under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which both nations are signatories) to a civilian Nuclear Energy Program, which mind you is technologically dissimilar from and not compatible with a Nuclear Weapons Program.