"I mean, the president [of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] is somebody who, by his own account, wants to abolish the state of Israel," Peter says. "He's not somebody you can negotiate with, I don't think."
Dr. Phares says Iran's nuclear ambitions should come as no surprise; they have been vocal about developing this capability since the '80s and have been subjected to monitoring because of them. He says Iran's push to develop a nuclear program was likely hastened by a fear of "demonstrations by [Iranian] students for the last five years, a fear of their own people in public and a fear of what they see in the neighborhood: Afghanistan's elections, Iraq's elections, Beirut demonstrations."
With a nuclear weapon, Dr. Phares believes Iran becomes invincible in the Middle East. "And then nothing could help the Iranian people against their regime."