reply to post by charles1952
Thanks charles1952, I enjoy your perspective as well, if you are addressing me or not as it always gives me something new to consider. I hope I can
clear my thoughts up a bit for you.
It seems you are saying that whether or not Iran gives up trying to get nuclear weapons, the US will attack.
Not necessarily, only that countries that have abandoned their nuclear programs in the past, at the wish of the USA have ended up being attacked
anyhow. I believe Iran realizes this and takes it seriously. Libya is the first example I gave, Iraq would be another.
And that knowing the US will attack, the only reasonable thing they can do is to get a nuclear weapon of their own. (So that they could do what? Bomb
I think having a nuclear weapon and using a nuclear weapon are two very, very, very different things. I believe they only want a nuclear weapon, not
to use it but rather have it as a deterrence to being attacked. India has nuclear weapons as a deterrent to Pakistan invading and vice versa. I
believe India and Pakistan would be at war with each other if not for the fact that each has a deterrent against the other. Knowing that a country can
attack you with a nuclear weapon makes you think twice about attacking them.
My example would be North Korea, sure they have China as an ally (so does Iran) but they act just as crazy if not more crazy than Iran. Nobody is
seriously considering invading them though, I think, because they have a Nuclear weapon. Countries don't get Nuclear weapons so they can use them,
they get them as a deterrent to being attacked. Just my opinion.
You know, that makes a massive bombing run look more attractive to some. There would be no messy, time-consuming invasion, just a lot of holes where
the country used to be.
I agree with you on that, in the context from your post.
I just don't see Iran as a threat to the USA or other countries outside of the region. I don't really see them as a threat period though I would
have no problem if another country in the Middle East saw them as such and decided to do something about it. I just don't think any countries in the
Middle East need the USA's help defending themselves. Nor have I heard a single country from the region express that they want it.
Personally I detest nuclear weapons and I feel that USA should set a good example and end our nuclear program and dismantle our nuclear arsenal before
we decide we want to be the judge and jury to who can have such horrible devices.
I kinda see a nuclear Iran as like a Lion at the zoo. The Lion isn't dangerous until you decide to get in the cage with it.
Hope that clears things up for you. Always a pleasure
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