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(CBS News) Meir Dagan has been described as "hard-charging" and "stops at nothing." For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - who has called for Israel to be annihilated - acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Lesley Stahl reports.
Dagan: An attack on Iran before you are exploring all other approaches is not the right way how to do it.
Dagan: The regime in Iran is a very rational regime.
Stahl: Do you think Ahmadinejad is rational?
Dagan: The answer is yes. Not exactly our rationale, but I think that he is rational.
Stahl: Do you think they're rational enough that they are capable of backing down from this?
Dagan: No doubt that the Iranian regime is maybe not exactly rational based on what I call Western-thinking, but no doubt they are considering all the implications of their actions.
Dagan argues that a preemptive Israeli strike this year would be reckless and irresponsible. The Obama administration agrees that there's time to wait.
I could make a case of the pot calling the kettle black but this isn't a pissing contest of which nation has killed more people than the other (although I believe the West wins that contest hands down).
The West is not a nation
Originally posted by stewiegriffin
I searched for this, sorry if it's already posted.
You know at one time I was really for attacking Iran. The more I learn the more I think maybe it's time to slow down and try to use some diplomacy.
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Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by stewiegriffin
Comparing Iran to western nations? No, I was talking about the death toll committed by each nation of the World, not Iran, and I quickly came to the conclusion western nations probably have killed more people than non western nations, Iran included by not the sole comparison.