I was shocked for a few seconds after hearing that a bunch of Sharif University Students supported Iran's nuclear programme by writing a letter to the Iranian president [in Persian]. It is alleged that the letter is signed by many elite figures (yeah right) and winners of medals in international scientific competitions.
After dismissing Iran's oil and gas resources as a source of energy, the letter insists that most countries are trying alternative sources of energy, most importantly the nuclear energy and that Iran has to do the same, even under the international pressure that is mounting against it. In the end it wishes for honour, prosperity and freedom [independece] for Iran.
I love my country and really want to see her people prosper. I also think that those enemies of the Iranian government that have been spying and clamouring on Iran's nuclear threat are simply traitors to Iran's people and resources, but from a less emotional point of view, let me distance myself from those "elite" students:
Energy crisis? I would say major environmental crisis! With the degree of discipline in effect in Iranian organizations, leakage or even meltdown is simply a matter of time, should Iran have a large-scale "working" nuclear plant. Who would then be responsible for the unfading damage that would be done to the most precious resource in Iran, its people? Do these "elite" students know about the untold effects of nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl? That it is still taking its toll on the genetic material of the children of its victims? Take note that besides the US, Canada and the UK * most of western countries are either closing down or down-scaling their nuclear facilities, just because it is not worth the risk.
Yes, the technological expertise obtained in the process of building a nuclear plant might be unique, but not when someone else (Russia) manufactures it as a black box that eats enriched uranium and produces electric power and nuclear waste. I should say that there are many safer ways of education.
Besides, let these students think about the political dangers that have made the path to nuclear energy a diplomatic minefield for the Iranian government. It is not surprising that traditional enemies of the Iranian government are all accusing Iran of trying to obtain nuclear weapons through its nuclear plants. They all see this as a firm grip on the back of war-drivers in the US adminstration. Looking inward and considering the capital and energy already allocated to the Bushehr nuclear plant, these "elite" students should think twice before seeking to encourage its destruction the other way round. Aren't they encouraging a worthless confrontation?
* All the three countries incidentally having easy access to vast amounts of water.