Kissinger's Iran nuclear program could end civilization
If Iran succeeds in building nuclear weapons, it could touch off an arms race that leads to the end of civilization, Henry Kissinger warned yesterday.
The former secretary of state told a panel discussion in midtown that the world needs to be ready if diplomacy fails to dissuade Iran from halting its nuclear program.
"I do not believe that living in a world with 20 or 30 nuclear states is a situation that civilized life can support," said Kissinger, who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Sir Harold Evans, editor-in-chief of The Week magazine, moderated the forum on Middle East peace, which the magazine sponsored. It was held at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal.
Ambassador Dennis Ross, a former U.S. envoy to Middle East peace talks, agreed that Iran obtaining atomic weapons could be a "tipping point" that turns the entire region nuclear. Ross scoffed at Tehran's claim that its nuclear program is simply for generating electricity.