Iran has started its first nuclear power plant and the UN’s IAEA has confirmed that it has been working since 2006. The Iranian government has accepted it and maintains that it is only for peaceful purposes. Despite this, however, it has not only attracted the international community’s attention, but also raised many doubts and fears specifically on the part of the Western world. The West suspects that Iran is headed towards making nuclear weapons that will threaten the world’s peace.Moreover, in Tehran, three atomic scientists have been murdered by unknown killers. The Iranian government claims that although the Western powers and their allies are involved in the killings, yet they will not succeed in their evil designs against Iran and the atomic programme cannot be stopped. Needless to say that the increasing tension between Iran and the West gave birth to other issues when Tehran warned to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is an important channel between the Gulf and rest of the world for trade and commerce. If the situation is analysed dispassionately, it seems that the whole world is engulfed by the smokes of war. The growing number of disputes is pushing the world in a war-like situation.Against this backdrop, the role of the Western countries is very important; but, unfortunately, the West, especially the US, is planning to further aggravate the situation. On the one hand, it appears to be the self-appointed custodian of world peace; whereas, on the other, it manufactures deadly weapons and sells them to other countries, besides denying the Eastern countries to make efforts to protect their security and sovereignty. This indicates the West’s double standard and hypocrisy, in addition to exhibiting them as selfish and arrogant nations.The question, however, remains: Why does the West consider Iran’s atomic strength, which is for a peaceful purpose, a threat? Despite several assurances from Iran, the US and its allies are persistent in their demand that Tehran should roll back its atomic programme. The whole world has joined hands against Iran, ignoring the philosophy of the two-fold use of a thing that is positive and negative. Instead of stopping any development made by any country, the West should endorse its use by ensuring that that its negative effects are not felt in any part of the world.The West is persistent in its policy of pressurising Tehran by imposing economic restrictions and using other tactics of threat and aggression, which can never yield any positive result and will aggravate the situation causing a threat to the world’s peace, as Iran, or in fact any other country, is not ready to wind up its atomic programme. Iran will most likely use the Hormuz channel to safeguard its nuclear programme. If the West tries to impose economic restrictions on it, there is no doubt that Iran will pay it in the same coin. The Iranian administration has the right to block the Hormuz channel that cannot be denied.This tug of war is driving the world into a horrible situation. Indeed, it will harm international trade, resulting in the suffering of common man because the oil prices will rise to a dangerous level, increasing inflation and unemployment. The West ought to review its policies mainly in the world’s greater interest.The writer is the director of Human Rights Seekers Pakistan. Email: syed.ejazhussain@yahoo.com