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Tough Or Diplomatic

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Submitted by Mark D. (United States), Jul 25, 2011 at 19:51

===American responses fall into two main camps: tough and diplomatic. The first sees Tehran as irredeemable and counsels a policy of confrontation and even force; it assumes that diplomacy, sanctions, computer viruses, and threats of military strikes have no chance of dissuading the mullahs from going nuclear, and it speaks of regime change or a military option against the Iranian bomb. The diplomatic camp, which generally controls U.S. policy, accepts the permanence of the Islamic Republic of Iran and expects Tehran to respond to diplomatic overtures.====

And where do you stand, Dr. Pipes, tough side or diplomatic side? Haven't we tried diplomacy and it didn't work? So MeK is the last ditch attempt?

Mark D.

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I am on the tough side.

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