As the European embargo on Iranian oil takes effect, an Iranian lawmaker borrowing from none other than Thomas Jefferson, saying they have an unalienable right to nuclear technology. Of course the quote was spelled "inalienable" which brings up a debate that has been going on since 1776 as to which is correct. But it brings up the question as to whether a rouge state has a right either unalienable or inalienable to pursue a weapon of mass destruction or does the world have a responsibility to try to stop them in their tracks.
The answer comes in the same document that the Iranian lawmaker tried to use in their defense and that is the Declaration of Independence itself. You see when Mr. Jefferson was writing about rights, it was not about the rights of the state but the rights of the individual. And in a warning to the Iranian Government, from the grave he said, “that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
You see by the Iranian government silencing their own people, killing dissenters and using force to stay in power, they as a governing authority, gave up their rights as a legitimate government. Once you become a tyrant you dissolve the fundamental bonds that have connected you as a legitimate leader of your own people and a true steward of your people’s destiny. “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security".
And the Iranian people’s future security is at risk. As this murderous regime spreads its terror throughout the region, lending support to murderous regimes like the one in Syria and threatening to wipe certain countries off the face of the earth, the Iranian regime has put its country on a path that could indeed lead to war. Innocent Iranians that really want no part of this regime will be put at risk because of this regime.
So the Iranian government really should be careful by trying to use the Declaration of Independence for self-justification because it does not justify them, it condemns them.
The Iran situation maybe one reason oil has rallied. Goldman Sachs apparently put out a report as reported by Bloomberg that said sanctions on Iranian oil exports are likely to have a bigger impact on the global crude market than previously estimated, and the country’s exports may drop to near 1 million barrels a day.
Of course Iran still wants to lash out! The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps launched several days of drills Monday to test missiles capable of hitting targets as far away as Israel, one day after the European Union put into effect its planned embargo against Iranian oil.