Originally posted by seagull
He's got nukes or some form of WMD, remember it ain't so hard to develope chem weapons, and he's willing to use them as a deterent to any possible
invasion or even sanctions.
- That's just it though Seagull, Iran has
had WMD's in the form of chemical and biological weapons for many many years.
They have also had the relatively short-range missile technology for a long time too.
That is why trying to rerun the 'as in Iraq' frightening tales of Iranian WMD's has to be all about a supposed scary nuclear threat - cos the
threat from chemical and biological has never materialised in all these years which makes wild claims about that particular WMD threat rather absurd,
wouldn't you say?
There are those who want to claim these guys are simply insane and want the response that would surely follow a nuclear strike at Israel/Europe/
The thing is that they could have launched chemical and biological missiles by the hundred and long ago if they wanted their own little Armageddon and
just didn't care about the response (or rather thought it would usher in the new reality/heaven on earth/whatever).
"place sanctions on Iran, and we will destroy Israel", or something of that nature.
- I'd be careful what 'reports' you believe.
There was one that came out last week about attacking oil supplies.
It was sourced from the Israeli Haaretz outlet., it might have bneen repeated on some small outlets/networks (you know, the kind who'll take anything
so long as it suits their agenda) but no-one reputable carried it, certainly not BBC, Reuters or AP.
He's already held hostages once (and it worked), why not try it again?
- Er, Iran held hostages after their revolution.
Given the circumstances that's not the greatest surprise in the world surely and hardly all his own personal doing either.
Trying to hold Israel hostage for the behavior of the rest of the world would backfire, not just because Israel would never stand for it. But
who said this guy is rational by any normal measure.
- Er, time for a reality check?
Just who is holding who hostage?
Israel is the one that is known to be the nuclear equipped country in the region.
The USA is the largest military power in the world with umteen nuclear weapons (maybe 'in theatre' too, who knows?......certainly on the carriers in
the gulf) and is right next door, having attacked and invaded and occupied that country with dubious legality
When did the Iranian government make any threats?
Has the Iranian government said anything beyond being willing to defend itself?
What Iranian threats?
[edit on 2-2-2006 by sminkeypinkey]