Incomparable Clarity And Resolve Vs. Comparable Doubts
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Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Mar 22, 2006 at 01:14BS"D
Dr. Pipes observes of American policy regarding Iran and it's quest for nukes; "Here, the administration is frankly worried ( 'if confrontation is to be avoided,' states the NSS, diplomatic efforts must succeed in convincing Tehran to restrict its nuclear program to peaceful purposes). This observer wishes that comparable doubts accompanied other American policies in the region."
That's like hoping "diplomatic relations" will bear fruit in persuading Bin Ladin to abandon his Jihad. It ain't gonna happen! Given that the Iranian prez., is at least as insane as Bin Ladin (remember the green glow Ahmadinajad experienced while giving his "powerful and mezmerizing" speach to the UN?), there should be no doubt as to the outcome of inviting Iranian Mulas to sit down for a round of patty-cake ("diplomatic relations").
They don't negotiate unless they are weak, so they will assume the same of us and only be encouraged by the weakness that the "decadent" "great satan"(1),(2) displays in seeking to talk it's way out of what they now see as the inevitable Islamic Anschluss.
"No wonder the Islamists think they've got us whupped."
What we do not need is doubt (comparable or not) nor hope in a lucky role of the dice. What we do need is a clarity incomparable to anything yet offered or currently on the radar.
Hence, this observer wishes that a certainty comparable to what we should have regarding Iran's intentions, reinforced by an incomparable clarity and resolve, accompanied other (ANY other) American foreign policies, especially in that region.
(1) This fellow does a nice job of demonstrating that their "great satan" meme is just psychological projection.
(2) How many of you know that Iran already has several Kilo Class attack subs?
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