Sunday, April 17, 2005

Kissinger's Iran nuclear program could end civilization

Cyrus News:
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.