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The threat of an unpredictable nation

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Submitted by Khaled Aly (Canada), Sep 29, 2008 at 21:43

Adopting the policy of "unconditional ongoing discussions" to resolve conflicts between rivals has been quite successful in detaining bundles of bilateral disputes between nations, provided that both opponents are sincerely seeking their way out of that conflict. However and in case of Iran, the world has to be extremely cautious with this country.

Iran's version of the story explaining that the nuclear technology it's trying to acquire round the clock will be entirely used for implementing nationwide projects based on a "clean" source of "alternative energy" does not convince a grade 3 student for two reasons: First, Iran is one of the world largest oil reserves and will not encounter any oil depletion problems in the next 2 decades. So why are they insanely rushing for nuclear energy now?

Second, even if what Iran said is true, what is that "thing" they want that makes them willing to cut relations with the entire world and suffer more isolation and potentially damaging future sanctions? What will this technology offer if they'll end up starving? In addition, if Iran's president has repeatedly showed how irresponsible one can be by choosing an inappropriate language describing his feelings towards Israel, will he be a responsible leader when it comes to wisely using this nuclear technology?

Iran has always been successful in implementing the "Taqiyyah" policy as a heritage which I define as: "don't publicize what you believe and bend smartly to storms until the wind goes away then expose your ugly face afterwards". Whereas I always promote peaceful dialogues to resolve almost all conflicts, Iran's case is certainly an exception and if they got away with it this time, the "Taqiyyah" will prove very damaging to middle east.

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