Hoder, a well-known Persian blogger, has recently written a piece in his blog at WashingtonPost.com about Iran's nuclear program. In his piece, he says that he thinks Iran needs a nuclear bomb to strengthen herself against the not-so-talked-about threats of the nuclear countries in the region, namely, Pakistan, India, and even China. He also suggests that Iran should normalize its relations with Israel and the U.S., which, in my opinion, is easier said than done.
I strongly oppose what he says:
Iran does not need a nuclear weapon to defend herself, simply because a nuclear weapon would pave the way for US and Israeli forces to occupy Iran. (Iran will not have enough time to produce enough bombs to counter the threats posed by US and Israel).
What Iran needs is to master the technology of producing fuel for nuclear reactors (which is undeniably in accordance with her rights, her international obligations, and NPT). 'Being able to enrich uranium' is as deterrent as 'having a nuclear bomb', but not as dangerous. It is deterrent because you can build it whenever you are under attack, and this prevents the aggressors from thinking about attacking you.
This also explains why the American officials are so keen on hindering Iranian progress in this matter.
In contrary to what has been and is being propagated in the media, Iran's peaceful nuclear program will be a source of stability in the region (and may end the US showndown in the region). Without it, Iran will be attacked, sooner or later.
The best way to solve this manufactured crisis is to involve in dialogue with Iran about implementing a more intrusive/extensive inspection mechanism that guarantees the compliance with NPT.