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That question is the whole problem. A rational person would choose life over death. But some in Islam are very happy as suicide bombers. Is Ahmadinejad rational, or is he a suicide bomber just waiting for the proper time? Nobody knows. That is frightening to me.
Why die as a martyr if you can live as a god on Earth?
Concerning policing. I think our world does need policing. There are times when a government does horrible things to large numbers of its own people, or its neighbors'. I don't think the UN can handle the job
The scope of this report does not extend to other violations of the right to life, in particular, in particular
extrajudicial killings and deaths in custody. The Islamic Republic has a long history of extrajudicial
executions, carried out both at home and abroad. The number of such executions
estimated to have taken place within Iran in the few years leading up to autumn of 1998 ranges
from 80 to 140. The figure would probably rise to a minimum of 400 if the cases abroad were
to be included. Many of those cases have not been and could not be documented.
During the last 15 years the average death toll per year is somewhere between 150-200 a year and the total death toll caused by the regime behind the Islamic revolution is estimated around 15-20.000 people.
Concerning diplomacy. Do you think that hasn't been tried, and is not still being tried? The sanctions were imposed by many countries because of the belief that "talk" diplomacy wasn't working, and that Iran was becoming more militant.
The sanctions have also had a strong impact on the Iranian economy. As well as reduced access to products needed for the oil and energy sectors, the sanctions have prompted many oil companies to withdraw from Iran, and have also caused a decline in oil production due to reduced access to technologies needed to improve their efficiency. According to U.S. officials, Iran may lose up to $60 billion in energy investments annually. Many international companies have also been reluctant to do business with Iran for fear of losing access to larger Western markets. The effects of U.S. sanctions include expensive basic goods for Iranian citizens, and an aging and increasingly unsafe civil aircraft fleet. Sanctions on Iran
I think Iran's position in the world would be much stronger if they said "OK, come in and inspect everything. See that there are no nukes or large stores of chemical or biological weapons. Our only enemy is Israel, so if the countries of the world give us enough defensive weapons to turn back any Israeli attack, we'll get rid of all the other stuff." Iran would be King of the Hill, loved, admired, and respected all over the world.
Ahmadinejad rational, or is he a suicide bomber just waiting for the proper time? Nobody knows. That is frightening to me.
Ron Paul is often chided by his Republican opponents for his extreme views on American foreign policy. His calls for ending all foreign wars and shutting hundreds of military bases across the globe have drawn howls from his GOP rivals, who have labeled the moves irresponsible and naïve.
His campaign pledge of cutting all foreign aid and withdrawing U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations has been at odds with even the most conservative members of his own party.
Yet as voting day in Iowa and New Hampshire draws near, Paul, the Congressman from Texas, is finding support for his non-interventionist positions from a growing number of foreign policy experts.
“He’s attacking our rich lazy friends, why is that not more popular,” said Harvey Sapolsky, emeritus professor of public policy and organization at MIT. He backs Paul’s calls for reducing America’s military budget, arguing that much of it is used to defend wealthy nations’ security.
A huge, Cold War-era global presence — with hundreds of overseas military bases — isn’t necessary, now that the Soviet threat is over and the collapse of communism, Sapolsky said.
“It’s not in America’s interest,” said Sapolsky, who added that despite the drumbeat in the media over the fear of terrorism, America is the safest it has ever been in its history.
Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is also another foreign policy expert who agrees that the United States is extraordinarily secure due to its geography and nuclear weapons, and doesn’t need a huge global presence.
He also argued that the United States’ military is being used in overseas conflicts with little or no national interest, specifically pointing to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.