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No we should not bomb Iran

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Submitted by Kurt Basking (United States), Feb 5, 2010 at 01:57

Dear Dr Pipes: On this you are dead wrong. I am not an apologist for Islamists or a supporter of the current Iranian regime. Still I believe that bombing Iran will be a very bad idea. Here are the resons:

1. With time technology becomes commonplace. It is very difficult to make sure that no new country develops nuclear weapons. If Iran wants to acquire nuclear weapons it will eventually do it by itself or with the help of rogue countries like Pakistan and North Korea.

2. Even if we destroy every nuclear facility in Iran, how difficult it will be for them to rebuild them? Iran is one of the top five oil producers in the world. Under no circumstancs it makes sense that so much of Iran's population should live in poverty and discontent and that Iran should be involved in a multi-decade war with its neighbor. That Iran is in such a state shows that its leaders (the clergy and the politicians) care nothing about its people. Whatever money that they earn by their oil-exports, they will invest in building another nuclear facility. And, while they are building this facility, they will send their suicide bombers to us for even more killing.

3. As followers of free markets and capitalism we should know that money matters a lot. Whoever is in debt has less power and whoever has good cashflow is in good shape. Unfortunately, USofA is in tremendous debt and has negative cashflow. Our enemies do not have to destroy us with weapons, they will be happy to destroy our economy.

4. You are probably wrong to assume that President Obama's declining popularity is due to his not handling Iran strongly. George Bush handled Iraq with an Iron fist but he was also the most unpopular president of our times. Obama's declining approval rating is primarily because he stupidly tried to address the postponable healthcare issue before a complete economic recovery. People recognize much better than governments that if most of us are employed, most of us will be able to afford health care. And if many of us are unemployed, whatever healthcare we get will not buy much care for us.

So what should President Obama do? He should not attack Iran. He should stop appeasing Islamists and other special interest groups. He should postpone the healthcare issue and he should work hard to ensure that the economies of the western world become as deficit free as possible. If he as much as shows that he is serious about these goals, his approval rating will shot back to 80% which is what it was after 2008 elections.

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