posted on Apr, 11 2006 @ 01:45 PM
We are all deeply concerned - or should be - about Iran's potential development of nuclear arms. The purpose of these discussions, however, should be
to inform oneself or others, not to reinforce one's own view point or attempt to dominate other viewpoints with it. Arguing solves nothing. Debate is
healthy and always constructive, however in some posts I detect the intent to heatedly impress upon those who disagree with them why they are right,
and why those people are wrong. That isn't the purpose of discussion or debate, and in actuality, is a manifestation of the same primitive drives
which lead to these sorts of armed conflicts in the first place - regardless of who starts them, or who is right.
I believe Iran may well be attempting to develop nuclear weapons, and may even already have them for all any of us truly know. I also, however, accept
and respect the possibility that they are not pursuing nuclear arms, the integrity of which still has yet to be definitively compromised or defeated
by any argument or evidence at hand thus far. Discussing why one or the other is more probable is constructive. Beating others over the head with
one's view that one or the other is undeniable fact when this is not yet the case, however, is not in my opinion. No offense is intended.