Some Middle East analysts have said a nuclear-armed Iran is about to become a reality. A new film shows why that may be the world's worst nightmare.
The new documentary, "Iranium" seeks to make one major point -- Iran has waged and sponsored terror without ceasing for 30 years, and if it soon possesses nuclear weapons, the Islamic Republic's history reveals it will use them.
At a special showing of the film at the conservative Heritage Institute, former defense official Richard Perle from President Ronald Reagan's administration, highlighted the Iranian nuclear threat the film showcases.
"With nuclear weapons, one has to assume they will be emboldened and even more aggressive," Perle said. "We'll see more terrorism and we'll see more support for the forces of instability in a vital region of the world."
In "Iranium," many of the world's leading experts on terror and security traced Iran's violent backing of Hezbollah and Hamas, its worldwide campaign of assassinations, and its brutal suppression of its own people.
They also examined how these particular Islamic radicals believe they must foment apocalyptic violence to bring on the end of the world and why they don't fear martyrdom. In fact, they seek it.
"With these people with their apocalyptic mindset, mutual assured destruction is not a deterrent -- it's an inducement," said Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton.
"The nuclear program of Iran is not an isolated problem," said Alex Traiman, the documentary's director. "But rather it is the final component of an ideology that's lasted for 30 years."
Perle said a nuclear-armed Iran will panic the Saudis and the other Gulf states and it will kick off a nuclear arms race.
"And if you think the world is dangerous now, imagine a nuclear-armed Middle East," he said.
"It's very much in the interests of the people of Iran as well as all of Iran's neighbors and for us to do everything humanly possible to get this regime to collapse before it gets a nuclear weapon," said James Woolsey, former Central Intelligence Agency director.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor,R-Va., has felt so strongly about this threat that he is sponsoring a special showing of the film Feb. 8th on Capitol Hill.
On that same day, the film's producers have also announced the documentary will be available for anyone to watch for free at www.iraniumthemovie.com
"We want all Americans and really everyone around the world to watch the film," Traiman said.