Originally posted by FaxMachine
Now USA has nuclear weapons and they have no right to stop Iran for having them, i don't care if Hitler was running Iran they still have NO RIGHT!
This is attitude is the sole reason why world is not working.
Take heart. We will have a new President and a whole new set of problems shortly.
When I was young and worried about world affairs, one of my early Mentor's handed me a Quarter and asked me "how many sides of a coin are there?" I
of course said two and he told me to keep the Quarter and study it and give him the correct answer later. What I found was this Quarter had facets on
the edge. It in fact had so many sides I stopped counting them half way around and told him "too many to count easily". He smiled and said "now you
are getting it". That coin is the world.
Your perspective on the world is one point of view of many possible much like the sides of that Quarter. Each point of view being unique and in a
state of constant change due to the constantly changing environment.
From my point of view, I see Iran as a threat because of the statements made by Ahmadinejad and others of his ilk. I see a country stuck in the Dark
Ages, controlled by a repressive regime of Radical Muslim Fundamentalist with the iron fist of Sharia Law. I see a country who's leaders actively
support Terrorist Organizations who practice atrocities such as strapping bombs to their own children and sending them to blow up purposefully
targeted, Innocent Civilians. I see a country who's leadership openly oppresses Women.
In fact last night I watched a tape that was smuggled out of Iran by a member of the opposition movement. On it two Women were stoned to death.
Something my Western Sensibilities won't allow me to accept. I can not imagine the Evil that leads to that kind of atrocity. I can not imagine a
people so oppressed they allow this to happen willingly, but they do. From their point of view this is acceptable in their society as they see Women
as less than Human. In the tape the crowd was acting as though they were watching a sporting event. Needless to say it made me want to vomit. To them
it was life as usual. Their side of the coin is clearly different from mine.
I personally would rather NO COUNTRY have Nuclear Weapons. The Nuclear Genie is out of the bottle though and common sense tells me it can not be put
back. Our only hope is to limit who has it to Countries who hopefully have the sense to use them as deterrents rather than as part of their overall
The US could have taken over Iraq in a day or two had that been our goal and acceptable to our senses. I'm sure the world is fully aware of that. We
have the weapons to easily do that. Instead of that, to limit the impact on Civilians, we sacrificed and continue to sacrifice our own Soldiers even
though we could win this in a couple of days at any time we wish. This tells me that I would far rather the US and like minded countries have control
of the Nuclear Genie.
I think a society that puts as little value on Human Life as Iran does, should not have Nuclear Weapons. It would be absolute lunacy to allow that to
happen. You could say it is lunacy for any country to have Nuclear Weapons and you would be right but that is not the world we live in.
We live in a dangerous world were a large part of the population is centuries behind in societal development but have access to modern technology.
Technology their societies are not prepared to deal with. A country ruled by a Radical Religion that places no value on individual life CAN NOT be
allowed to have weapons that powerful. It would be utter madness to allow it to happen. It is already a travesty that Pakistan has such weapons and I
think that is the country that should have you shaking in your boots.
The US is not the "sole reason the world is not working". Any influence we have on the world was welcomed with open arms by the rest of the world.
We offer our goods or services for sale and others either buy it or not. One only need to look at our Trade Deficit to see that we in fact are
indispensable as consumers of other countries products and services. Should we apologize for our success? Of course not. The rest of the world is far
older than the US and had more opportunity to develop than we have had. So when they failed to do so, they blame us? All we did is give our people and
businesses the opportunity to grow in a friendly environment free of the Dictatorial control of State Churches or Monarchies and it worked.
How bad off is the world?
Life expectancy is at an all time high.
Technology is developing at an exponential rate.
Diseases are being eradicated one after another.
Child mortality rates are far lower than in any time in history.
More of the world has access to adequate food supplies than ever in history.
People in Third World Countries are gaining access to an education and a way to pull themselves out of the Dark Ages.
More and more countries are realizing the advantages of a Free and Democratic Society and all that comes with it.
Evil people can now be tracked down worldwide and stopped from harming the innocent victims they once stalked without fear of reprisal.
Not such a bad world compared to just a few decades ago. One evil Dictator in a place like Iran could destroy all that with access to Nuclear Weapons.