Comments on: Now is the time to not only maintain pressure on Iran, but increase it http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/05/17/now-is-the-time-to-not-only-maintain-pressure-on-iran-but-increase-it/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: SeaWa http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/05/17/now-is-the-time-to-not-only-maintain-pressure-on-iran-but-increase-it/comment-page-1/#comment-19263 Tue, 22 May 2012 17:53:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10905#comment-19263 You are so correct. It is so close to the breaking point that it would be a shame to lose all of that momentum now.

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By: aeci http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/05/17/now-is-the-time-to-not-only-maintain-pressure-on-iran-but-increase-it/comment-page-1/#comment-19257 Sat, 19 May 2012 13:42:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10905#comment-19257 This is quite the list. Can anyone tell me, if these sanctions were applied to their own country, they would not feel like it was a de facto declaration of war? Add to that the bellicose statements of pending attack that the US and Israel freely discuss in the media and I wonder how any agreement by the Iranians to limit their nuclear ambitions can be trusted? If I had the proverbial hand at my throat I would probably agree to anything … to get the hand off.

I find it humorous that we consider waterboarding not only ineffective for gaining credible information, but morally suspect. Yet, this list of actions proudly presented in the above article and including the threats of attack are considered justifiable, reasonable actions. And why is that? Because we fear that Iran will use a nuclear device against another country? That they will lose a device that will fall into the hands of terrorists?

Well, let’s look at the past for information that may guide us. The only nation to use nuclear weapons in the past 65 years is the USA. Not once, but twice. No one else has, even though many nations have had the bomb and of those nations many are supposed enemies. India and Pakistan came close in the 90’s. But, it didn’t happen. Pakistan is an Islamic society, with some parallels to Iran. Yet, no ‘terrorist’ group has detonated a nuclear weapon ‘lost’ by Pakistan.

No one doubts that nuclear weapons are a serious concern. As each new member of the nuclear club rises up to take their place, it seems that history has been that they have had the maturity to handle the awesome responsibility. Why think less of the Iranians?

Could it be that the presence of nuclear weapons has kept Pakistan and India from another war? If so, the MAD doctrine may be what keeps peace in the Middle East, not escalates war.

No one deserves to live in fear of another. Not Israel, not Iran. No one has the right to be a bully. The method being used against Iran is not only political/economic waterboarding, the supposed goal is not even achievable. If the Iranians want to acquire nuclear weapons badly enough, eventually they will.

Time to change the game.

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By: LXOdhner http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2012/05/17/now-is-the-time-to-not-only-maintain-pressure-on-iran-but-increase-it/comment-page-1/#comment-19253 Thu, 17 May 2012 17:27:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10905#comment-19253 A sustained embargo of Iran by all the worlds airlines would bring the Iranian regime to its knees. Such an embargo could be imposed by the unites States, threatening any offending airline with a permanent loss of landing rights in the US, and an equal penalty if they assist any third party airline in serving Iran. Without the “oil” of air travel, the “engine” of the regime would grind to an immediate halt.

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