23 January 2006

Iran: Schools of Thought

Iran Threatens Full Uranium Enrichment [Breit Bart]

Iran will immediately retaliate if referred to the U.N. Security Council next week by forging ahead with developing a full-scale uranium enrichment program, a senior envoy said Monday.

So, why is Iran so excited to get nukes, anyway? And what will come of it all?

According to Iran:

Iran says Palestine is center of Islam, fight against arrogance [Islamic Republic News Agency]

President Ahmadinejad said Friday Palestine is the center of the final stages of the battle between Islam and arrogance...

According to China:

Why the West will attack Iran [Asia Times]

Iran needs nuclear weapons, I believe, not to attack Israel, but to support imperial expansion by conventional military means.

...Given Israel's possession of a large arsenal of fission weapons as well as thermonuclear capability, it is extremely unlikely that Iran would attack the Jewish state unless pressed to the wall. Faced with encirclement and ruin, the Islamic Republic is fully capable of lashing out in a destructive and suicidal fashion, not only against Israel but against other antagonists.

...It is unclear how China will proceed if the rest of the international community confronts Iran; in the great scheme of things it really does not matter.

According to German (and possibly European?) thought:

Germany: Israel Must Deal Responsibly With Iranian Crisis [Israel National News]

A German Foreign Ministry spokesman stated his government is confident that Israel will act appropriately, especially regarding the possibly of engaging Iran, reiterating, “There is no reason to believe our good friend Israel will not act very responsibly in the matter.”

According to Conservative thought:

Iran Showdown [American Spectator]

...An Iranian nuclear test would leave Israel no choice but to attack with or without American permission or help, and regardless of the fact that it could not accomplish the desired result. President Bush has said, repeatedly, that we will not permit Iran to have nuclear weapons. But his position has always been calculated on the basis that there is time to prevent that occurrence peacefully. What will he do if Iran tests a nuclear weapon?

...A very large war will have begun that could again array all of Israel's neighbors (save only Iraq) against it. Israel barely survived its last major war in 1973. It may not survive this one.

...Our strategy must be implemented before Ahmadinejad can test his nukes. Whether that test can happen next month or next year is immaterial. The time for us to act is now.

According to Israel:

Israel Mulls Pre-emptive Strike Against Iran? [Israel National News]

[Defense Minister Shaul] Mofaz added that international supervision of Iran’s nuclear program, and sanctions, are the “correct policy at this time” but did not rule out the possibility of Israeli military action if necessary.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Bruce786 said...

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1:12 AM  
Blogger Shanah said...

First off, I guess you know you've made it big in the blogosphere when you get your first comment from a flamer. I'm honored.

Secondly, I deleted the comment because I'm not here to be a forum for some bloviator with no published identity or blog of his own. If he cared so much about his ideas, he'd be busy claiming his own space in the virtual wunderworld that is the Internet, instead of spending time copying and pasting endless citations into comment forms. Tip: If you have something to say, keep in mind the infamous axiom, "brevity is the soul of wit."

Thirdly, I'd like to quote one phrase from this person's comments, in the sense of fair play:

"The way of Christ does not need Nuclear Weapons to destroy its enemies. Reason and logic are the ultimate weapons and no amount of WMD’s possessed by Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the USA can touch it. If you think that having nuclear weapons will save you then you must belong to the camp of the anti-christ, just search your soul for the answer."

Sir, I never gave my opinion on the matter. You're obviously a liberal, because you can't tell the difference between a citation and an opinion. Hence, I would dare to say that your own argument is full of other people's opinions. Tell me, Sir, will your gods of reason and logic be able to craft you a new pair of spectacles after the bomb drops and you're left alone? Pardon me for the reference; I can't help but assume you'll get it since you're obviously already living in the Twilight Zone.

2:31 AM  

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