Trying to think rationally.... I am trying to analyze this whole Iranian situation based upon facts. Firstly, I will start with the premise that the United States and the world have a vested interest in preserving the current treaties, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. While some have made arguments that Iran should be attacked for its aggressive diplomatic posturing, its support for Hezbollah, its looney statements regarding Israel, and other reasons, my premise implies that a Security Council sanction, that legitimizes military force is required, and in order to obtain that sanction, the NNPT must be breached. Therefore, my first question to the more informed in this forum is: Does the NNPT allow for nuclear power pursuit? Is this end clearly defined in the treaty? If it is not, have there been examples in the past of co-signatories to the NNPT developing and implementing nuclear reactor technology, and what were the consequences of this action? Since I do not know the answer to my question, lets continue to rationalize both scenarios. If the NNPT is being breached, and Iran is stating its intent to develop the technology in spite of its contractual obligations, and these contractual obligations have been previous enforced in all cases in the past, then it should suffer similar consequences today. I dont see a reason for controversy, in that case! We should pursue this matter aggressively. The second possibility is that the NNPT specifically allows for nuclear power to be pursued, doesn't mention such application of nuclear technology, or prohibits it, but in the past the enforcement of this article was selective. All this would imply that proof is required that nuclear weapons are being developed under the guise of power technology. Without this proof, we would be violating and nullifying the NNPT, and showing contempt for the very law we are attempting to defend. Is this the issue - whether or not peaceful application of nuclear technology is allowed under the NNPT, and if it is, whether we can prove they are developing weapons? Or am I missing some piece of the puzzle beyond the "who cares about the NNPT, we don't like them so lets bomb them" rationale.