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Nuclear weaponry in the hands of terrorists must be prevented at any and all costs.

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Submitted by rick (United States), May 24, 2006 at 17:35

Does anyone actullay believe that the crazy regime in Iran is not going to develop nuclear weapons?

Ok, so we agree that that is what they are doing.

What is the response?

Sanctions in a world where oil producers are worshipped? Maybe if they begin soon and are stringent. But is that happeneing? Do you see any outrage? Yes, Europe is concerned but just look at them. They are more afraid of the US than a nuclear Iran. Or perhaps, behind closed doors the Germans and French are saying to us "ok, do it". We are not privy to those discussions.

Anyway it is going to take something more than discussions leading to some sort of sanctions.

And the nuclear plants in Iran are not neatly in one place as they were in Iraq in 1982 when Israel took out the Iraqi nuclear facility.

Is there any choice but to bomb? Troops on the ground is not only an impossibility, it is not wise at all - unless they are there for an hour at most.

Is bombing a solution to be looked forward to? Of course not and the only thing worse is to do nothing.

I am not a fan of "big war". On the contrary, I prefer to make it personal and very painful for the leadership of terrorism. I think that harm done to them and those closest to them, is the only thing that really makes them think. That calls for covert operations and on-going assassinations. If the West had the will years ago - and you need to only go back to 1991- the year of the first WTC bombing - we would be in much better shape than we are now. But like any problem you ignore and allow to fester and grow, when you do decide to do something it is going to be more costly than if you took preventative measures early on.

I feel especially bad about Iran because there are many people there who really want an more open society and who would truly welcome a tolerant and forward looking government - unlike Iraq where the population - except for the Kurds - is hateful towrds the West.

But what must be done, must be done. If the civilians who die - I am sure the nuclear plants and facilities will be bombed at 4 a.m. - are the nuclear engineers and aides working overtime - so be it.

But without a preventive strike - you will have nuclear weapons in the hands of a vey crazy mullah government which may last just long enough to cause castastrophe in the Middle East and hence in the world.

What could be - by not taking decisive action - is so much worse than the decision to bomb.

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