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I am frustrated with Americans wringing their hands over Iran developing nukes when they are the ones who created the problem. What do I mean by that?
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
- Overthrowing Iran’s Mossadegh democracy in 1953 installing the Shah and forcing Iran to go nuclear for electric power.
- Letting Israel have nukes, and continually threaten its neighbours with them.
- Bush threatening to annihilate Iran in his 2002-01-19 SOTU (State Of The Union). What else could Iran do but obtain nukes to deter attack? Iraq did not have nukes and was destroyed. North Korea did and was left alone.
- The USA having a nuclear arsenal big enough to destroy the earth many times over. The USA is like a father who smokes 8 packs a day and threatens to kill his son if he even smokes a single cigarette.
On 2002-01-19 [in the SOTU ] George W. Bush identified Iraq, North Korea and Iran as the axis of evil and proceeded to invade Iraq and depose its leadership. North Korea’s leaders saw the writing on the wall and promptly developed a nuclear capability, which (as they no doubt anticipated) has put an end to any musings about the United States invading them too. Shortly afterward Iran put its nuclear program into high gear, aiming to create enough ambiguity as to whether it possesses nuclear weapons, or could assemble them quickly, to squelch any thoughts of an invasion in the mind of the Great Satan.
~ Steven Pinker (born: 1954-09-18 age: 60) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
I believe Bush is doing the same thing he did in Iraq, looking for an excuse to invade and take control of Iran’s #5 oil reserves on the planet, just as he told lies about WMDs (Weapon of Mass Destructions) as an excuse to invade Iraq to take over the #2 oil reserves on the planet. As added incentive for an invasion, Iran has another valuable prize, huge reserves of natural gas.
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs.
~ Henry Kissinger (born: 1923-05-27 age: 91)
Bush is tacking in the polls with scandals and the fruits of his incompetent policies. He is also desperately looking for a diversion to unite the American people behind the Republicans.
The USA is already stretched thin with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It cannot afford another.
Iran is three times more populous bigger, wealthy from its oils sales, and much better armed than Iraq with weapons such as Sunburn missiles capable of sinking air craft carriers. It also has powerful military allies, Russia, China and Syria. Bush announced he was going to attack Iran back in 2002. The United States sold poison gas on credit to Saddam to use on the Iranians. Over a million people were killed in that proxy war lasting from 1980-09 to 1988-08. The Iranians have a score to settle with the USA. There is no reason for them to refrain from using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
Iran, and many other countries seeing the ambitions of American empire, have had plenty of time to purchase and smuggle nuclear weapons into the USA that can be fired remotely by telephone or the Internet. If the USA nukes Iran, why should the Iranians feel any compunction at all about giving Americans a taste of their own medicine?
Because Iran is so well connected, America can’t very well invade it without getting into fights with other countries. There is simply too much danger of the fight escalating into a conflagration that consumes the entire middle east.
Consider that oil tankers from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Kuwait all must pass through it.
Have a look at the following chart of the world’s top oil producers and guess what mining that Strait would do to gasoline prices in the USA.
|2001 Proved Oil Reserves|
|Rank||Country||2001 proved Oil reserves
|1.||Saudi Arabia||261.7||Oil must past through Strait of Hormuz.|
|2.||Iraq||112.5||Oil must past through Strait of Hormuz.|
|3.||United Arab Emirates||97.8||Oil must past through Strait of Hormuz.|
|4.||Kuwait||96.5||Oil must past through Strait of Hormuz.|
|5.||Iran||89.7||Oil must past through Strait of Hormuz.|
|6.||Venezuela||76.9||American CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) attempted a coup recently. Was thwarted by popular support. Leader Chavez has been having fun ridiculing Bush.|
|7.||Russia||48.6||Iran military ally. It said it would enrich uranium for Iran if the USA interfered.|
|8.||Libya||29.5||Ronald Reagan ordered the killing of leader Gadafi’s adopted child. Gadafi is hostile to the USA.|
|9.||Mexico||28.3||Tensions with USA over borders and immigration.|
|10.||China||24.0||Military ally of Iran.|
|11.||USA||21.9||Net oil importer.|
|?||Syria||2.5||Military ally of Iran.|
Mr. Speaker, on April 14, 2006, I sent the following letter to President Bush regarding reports of United States troops conducting military operations in Iran:
Dear George W. Bush: Recently, it has been reported that U.S. troops are conducting military operations in Iran. If true, it appears that you have already made the decision to commit U.S. military forces to a unilateral conflict with Iran, even before direct or indirect negotiations with the government of Iran had been attempted, without UN (United Nations) support and without authorization from the U.S. Congress.
The presence of U.S. marines in Iran constitutes a hostile act against that country. At a time when diplomacy is urgently needed, it escalates an international crisis. It undermines any attempts to negotiate with the government of Iran. And it will undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts at the U.N.
Furthermore, it places U.S. troops occupying neighboring Iraq in greater danger. The achievement of stability and a transition to Iraqi security control will be compromised, reversing any progress that has been cited by the Administration.
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