Valid concerns, certainly. What do you think the consequences will be when Iran completes an arsenal of nuclear weapons? Do you believe the Iranian nutjob will use them on Israel or the USA to usher in the islamic messiah that he espouses? Are you willing to risk American lives on the assumption that he won't?
posted on 09/19/2006 11:19:13 AM PDT
(Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
I don't know how far along the Iranians are toward a nuclear bomb or whether they are in fact pursuing a bomb. I am not privy to the intelligence that Israel or the US government has, but I will say this, the leaders of the Soviet Union in the beginning of the Cold War where every bit as fanatical, the Maoist during the Cultural Revolution definitely where fanatical. However, we never saw a nuclear war with them. I say that, to say this, we better have iron clad proof of nuclear weapons program in Iran before we move because if we don't our credibility in the region will be shot for perhaps the next generation or two. This proof better include a deployable nuclear weapon within the next two to five years, if not within a short time span of perhaps 12 to 18 months being an ideal threat level for military action. The world wants nations to defend against immediate threats, not would be could be threats. DON'T GET ME WRONG THE WORLD WOULDN'T MISS THE PASSING OF THE IRANIAN AND SYRIAN GOVERNMENTS. MY POINT IS THAT ARM CHAIR GENERALS WOULDN'T BE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING STABLE GOVERNMENTS IN THESE REPECTIVE COUNTRIES, AND THE COST WOULD BE THROUGH THE ROOF. THE COMMITTIMENT WOULD BE LONG TERM, MORE THAN A DECADE. THERE WOULD DEFINITELY BE UNFORSEEN CONSQUENCES FOR WHICH PERHAPS AMERICAN CIVILIANS FEELING THE BRUNT. ARE WE AS AMERICANS READY FOR THAT? WE ARE AS DIVIDE ON THE ISSUE OF THE TERROR WAR AS WE ARE ON MANY ISSUES. (I use caps only for emphasis of vital points not to scream at anyone.)
posted on 09/20/2006 8:30:04 AM PDT
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