reply to post by superman2012
Thank you for starting this thread, it should be the start of a fruitful discussion. I'll try to reduce my comments to a minimum, but you have
provided a lot to think about.
I quite agree with you when you condemn the people who chant "Death to America" as extremists and Iran's enemy. Iran is rightfully angry at them.
What steps are being taken by Iran to stop those chants and demonstrations? The impression that is created is that the government approves of the
chant and chanters.
I also agree with you (See how easy this is?) that Iran is not building nuclear weapons according to the IAEA report. Iran is not living up to its
treaty obligations and is not cooperating with IAEA, but the report (at least the unclassified part) does not say Iran is building a bomb. My
position is the same as the one you give as 3).
In my opinion you haven't presented your best argument in point 3). Assuming for a moment, that other countries are not living up to their
obligations, does that change the fact that Iran is not living up to theirs? And I really don't think that withdrawing support for an idea that came
from a conference is violating provisions of the treaty.
You mention your surprise that the US is not invading Israel, North Korea, India, or Pakistan. There are two large differences between them and Iran.
One, they already have nuclear weapons. Iran claims it doesn't. Two, those countries are not violating terms of a signed NPT, Iran is.
Your point 5) doesn't seem to be the strongest, either. Your quote says Iran has invited the IAEA in for talks. But there have been many talks
taking up much time. An invitation to talks may be seen as just time wasting.
Whatever the correct words were in the "We want to wipe Israel off the map" controversy, no one claims that Iran wants to leave Israel as it is in
peace and safety, or that Iran would ever lift a finger to protect Israel against aggression. Iran makes life tougher for Israel, and they want
You'll notice that I have not talked about religion or human rights. I wanted to stay focused on your OP.
(An off-topic P.S. Until I can trade in stars or flags for something, I don't care about them. And, if Iran's president (and government?) is so
heretical and damaging to Islam, why don't Muslim countries do more to close his mouth?)