Sarah, the following statements you made earlier caused me to conclude that you see a symmetry and a moral equivalence between "us" and "them." Maybe I read too much into your statements.
"If the Iranian leader was saber rattling, and we're saber rattling, and we're using their saber rattling to justify war and they're using our saber rattling to justify war, where does that leave us?"
"Not at all, but us wiping them off the face of the planet because they want to wipe us of the face of the planet makes me feel no safer with us behind the nukes. You think using their argument substituting fundamentalist secular aspects for fundamentalist theist ones makes the action any more justifiable?"
Clearly, Piekoff was correct a year or two ago, re Iran. It seemed 'extreme,' but, I (unlike some obvious others) would have had little prob with his...'solution.' Certainly no 'moral' prob; merely a tactics one re dealing with all the...shall we say...'fallout.'
Now, things are obviously so bad that only blatant followers of Chamberlain would say, "Hey, can't we all [keep on trying to act the semblance of] just get along?" (I can't help but think of the Mexican saloon-keeper in The Magnificent 7, worried about the 'response' of the bandits if the latter were fought against.)
One thing I'm sure about is, whatever is thought of re the 'proper response' (wipe-them-out vs toleration-of-threats-to-the-point-of-actual-extortion), and, whatever Washington/Britain 'decides' (hmmph) to merely say...
...Israel, as I've said before, is the one that's really going to DOsomething. No doubt such will be to it's castigation by all (while, almost hypocritically, all the rest of us quietly breathe a sigh-of-relief.)
To me, a question that comes to mind seems to be: what happens if more than just a series of airstrikes is needed to wipe out their nuke program. Maybe they have development going on in deep underground bunkers. Maybe they have secret locations. At this point, an all out regime change invasion and occupation is required. Considering that Iran is larger and more populous than Iraq, this could be a tall order on our already stretched military (whose recruiting numbers have been declining). Also, the relative stability the US has been able to broker with the Iraqi Shia would probably crumble. It will be interesting to see how it pans out - something needs to be done, though.
I want to know why Sarah is so committed to the idea that the filth coming out of that sand-hole called Iran is somehow just a benign ploy to scare us, and that we should somehow not treat it as a direct threat to our lives, and that there seems to be little justification in her eyes to act in self-defense until we can see the smoke trails of the nuclear weapons in the skies over our cities. Sarah, put on some mental clothes, your pacifism is sticking out.
I wish I could be as confident as you. If I'm not mistaken, they already have a nuclear program and are only a few years (if that) away from an atomic bomb of some type. I'd say it's well past time the Israeli's scrambled the jets.
I'm far from an expert on military matters, but I think the plant, etc could fairly readily be taken out with a pinpoint strike long before anything begins to fly. I doubt it's necessary to nuke Tehran, nor wait until they nuke Tel Aviv. In this case, less is definitely better.
And unlike Iraq and other countries, there are many in Iran favorable to the U.S. and other Western countries, so the intelligence is bound to be better.
"We should bear in mind that most Iranians seem to loathe their government. They just lack the power to overthrow their illegitimate, unwanted, god-awful dictatorship."
I disagree. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Islamo-fascist views were already clear beyond any doubt when he trounced the more moderate Rafsanjani with almost 62% of the vote in the August presidential elections. The Iranians knew what kind of creature they were voting for. And yesterday a million of them marched alongside him in support of his calls for Israel's destruction:
Where were all those supposed anti-government Iranians then?
And don't think that those marchers were just a bunch of loony Imams and relics from the Iranian revolution of 1979. Most of them, in fact, were students - precisely the group whose hearts and minds Ahmadinejad is seeking to reach. On the basis of this march, he's won them over.
Iran is the only country whose leader publicly instigated all muslim cultists to assassinate an ordinary citizen of another country (Salman Rushdie). This should be remembered all the time. Then we know what we can do.
By those statements I was saying that both sides have symmetrically bad arguments.
Jason, Marty, Jamie,
Good to see you misconstruing my position. Always a pleasure.
I explicitly said we shouldn't appease them and no where did I say we shouldn't defend ourselves from imminent threats. Leaders say a lot of things to rally their people, doesn't mean they'll all come to be. That's where our government comes in. They've got to tell the valid threats from the public rants. Lots of people don't like the US. Hell, more than a few of em probably even want to see the US taken down a notch or two and some even want us dead. But any time they say so it becomes a declaration of war? If the US attacked every ill-wisher we'd be going up against most of the planet.
"That's where our government comes in. They've got to tell the valid threats from the public rants. Lots of people don't like the US. Hell, more than a few of em probably even want to see the US taken down a notch or two and some even want us dead. But any time they say so it becomes a declaration of war? " This is far more then a public rant. I think your error(along with most other people) is not taking the government of Iran seriously. I have shown some previous "Friday prayer sermons" to other people and their response is usually something like "But they aren't actually serious about that are they?" The fact is that Iran is a very large country run by a mad theocratic, totalitarian government. A government which, from the beginning has called for the destruction of the West. If you watched the videos I posted earlier you saw examples of the weekly Friday prayer session in Tehran in which the masses are advised to deleriously chant "DEATH TO AMERICA!" DEATH TO BRITAIN!" DEATH TO ISRAEL!" over and over again. These aren't rallies run by a group of fringe fanatics. This is the leader of a major country pushing the most wretched variety of propaganda -- propaganda which Iran has acted on in the past. There isn't much difference between these state sponsored hate rallies in Iran and the pre World War II NAZI rallies. Before it is too late I think it would be wise to take Iranian rhetoric seriously.