Voice of America news is reporting Hugo Chávez’s plans for a nuclear partnership between Iran and Venezuela. Venezuela has large reserves of unmined uranium, while Iran has advanced its nuclear program to a degree where developing a nuclear weapon is feasible in the short term.
What would Chávez do with a nuclear weapon? I doubt he would use it. First he would claim that Venezuela has the right to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and then he would try to spread nuclear power to all his satellite ALBA states.
After a while of this, he would claim that an arsenal of nuclear weapons is a necessary deterrent to prevent a US invasion. The endgame, a world in which everyone has nuclear capabilities, and are only one psychopath away from a disaster greater than Osama’s terrorist attacks we remember today. The fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki could befall Miami or Bogotá?
Anti-ballistic missile shields would have to be built in the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico, and…Colombia? I can just see the face of Hugo Chávez should that occur. But an anti-ballistic missile site anywhere outside the US is a political nightmare that invites attacks.
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