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A nuclear weapon is a chip on the table, that is all it is. No country to date has fired a nuclear weapon on another nation (except for the one who embraces the war-on-terror funny enough). Sure a nuclear weapon is a threat, they are actually used to guarantee defence by using the threat of "don't mess with us, we have a nuke". It is meerly an excuse for a bargaining chip for a nation to get it's way.
Originally posted by seagull
Iran has, in the past, and without a doubt still does, supported efforts to destabilize long time allies of the United States, and has proven over the past couple of decades, to be nearly impossible to deal with in these matters... An Iran with the bomb becomes virtually impossible to deal with in these matters.
Originally posted by J.Son79
The U.S. never used nuclear weapons in anger.
Originally posted by xpert11
. When Israel has failed to follow a pre-emptive military doctrine they have nearly been wiped out.
At that point, however, I had one of the severest shocks of my life. [ Israeli Ambassador to the US Avraham] Harman produced a cable from Tel Aviv stating that Egyptian troop concentrations in Sinai were dense. Egyptian airfields were on alert and an Egyptian surprise attack was expected. I was asked to convey all this to the White House in the most dramatic and emotional terms and to ask ‘if the United States would regard an attack on Israel as an attack on itself’! This cable sticks in my mind as an act of momentous irresponsibility. There had been no new development in the military alignment since I had sat with our advisors on May 22 and listened to their plea for delay in order to get our troops into positions in the South. […] The entire basis of my mission had suddenly been changed. Instead of conveying Israel’s real situation I was being called to present a demand that had no justification and that would only invite rejection. […] The cable lacked wisdom, veracity and tactical understanding. Nothing was right about it. (Eban, 1992, pp 102-103)
Originally posted by nyk537
reply to post by Magnum007
Really? You are going to take Iran at their word on that when they have shown nothing to prove that's what they are doing?
If they are simply creating energy, then why the secrecy? Why don't they allow the inspectors in to verify that? Why does it seem as though every time we hear about a nuclear breakthrough in Iran, it's followed up by some kind of missile test?
I don't think we have any reason to believe they are creating energy and not bombs.
Iran is a country that has been supporting terrorism and aiding our enemies for decades now. Iran is a country that has threatened the safety and sovereignty of nations surrounding it.