Leaders of the Free World

With the standoff over Iran’s nuclear development still dragging on, an article in the Asahi Shimbun highlights a truly horrifying consequence of the situation:

Iran’s publicly stated intention to advance its nuclear technology threatens a key element of Japan’s energy strategy–development of the Azadegan oil field … If Tehran does not alter its position, Japan could lose its rights to the field.

Am I the only person thinking that nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious maniac who has publicly stated that “Israel must be wiped off the map” is a slightly bigger danger than a first-world nation losing out on some choice oil fields? As I recall, that was what got us into that whole mess over Iraq.

It’s true that Japan has long been a net energy importer, and most of this takes the form of oil from the Middle East (its cultural history means it has no stake in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and can therefore do business in the region easily). Still, you’d have thought that with another putative nuclear rogue state living practically next door, the Japanese would be a little less sanguine about this sort of thing.

(4:30 pm)

UPDATE: Mutant Frog have posted regarding this in response to a comment I left there and cleared up a few things. I recommend you read for the full story.

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One response to “Leaders of the Free World

  1. Vikram Johri

    in any case, Jim, i think japan should come at the forefront of this international ruckus and plead for a peaceful resolution from its own experience. getting involved in the energy debate is hardly the way to go about things when nukes are involved.

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