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Originally posted by victor7
reply to post by Darkblade71
What difference does it make if Iran produces its own bomb or pays $1B to cash starved and bankrupt North Korea and Pakistan to get them a couple of these goodies. If I were Iran, I would go about this route have a couple of nukes and one tactical nuke to make a nuke test like explosion. World will think Iran has the bomb and end of the story. Whole world including Iran and its 'big beard' Mullahs know what will be the response if Iran ever uses its nukes on any country. Nukes are meant more for deterrent than for destruction.
Initially sanctions on Iran will hurt them. But if they find a way to live on very little and choke off the oil supply then world will suffer from higher oil prices and might even get into depression. However, this is the strategy of the US, to have the oil prices go much high and global economy sufferes and USD devalues and a major chunk of the US debt is washed out. In last 10 years USD has lost 50% of its value which means some long term strategy is at works.
Furthermore, why should China let Iran go to hell. Chinese and Russians both know the long term goal of US and NATO is to do 'Arab Spring - Libya style' on both these major powers. Right now they are diluting their friends so that when Russia and China are faced off, they would not have any friends to rely on and cause parallel distraction. Chinese would be stupid to show their rears to Iran at this important time.
Originally posted by Darkblade71
reply to post by NuclearPaul
And the US has every right to respond to that threat with force.
Originally posted by saroncan
reply to post by Xcathdra
what ever happened to that iranian fleet of ships that were supposed to be hangin out on the eastern seaboard of the us in international waters?...the straight of hormuz i believe is aprox. 50 km wide..sooo.is there not international waters there?...i'm not trained in the art of war or politics but when it all boils down there are no rules...just a dumb thought