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Reader comment on item: The Geneva Agreement with Iran: A Foreign Policy Disaster

Submitted by Carl Goldberg (United States), Nov 24, 2013 at 12:59

Why do you refer to "Iran"? Everyone is talking about "Iran". But, "Iran" is NOT the name of the country! The official name of that country is "The Islamic Republic of Iran", and there is a world of difference between "Iran" as a nation state, and "The Islamic Republic of Iran." "The Islamic Republic of Iran" is not a nation state in the normal sense of that term. The difference is clear from the Preamble of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one part of which reads as follows: "An Ideological Army In the formation and equipping of the country's defense forces, due attention must be paid to faith and ideology as the basic criteria. Accordingly, the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are to be organized in conformity with this goal, and they will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God's way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God's law throughout the world (this is in accordance with the Koranic verse "Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and strings of horses, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them." [8.60])"

To ask the Ayatollahs to give up their ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons is to ask them to violate their Constitution and their Koran which requires them to acquire "whatever force you are able to muster", -- and that includes nuclear weapons! -- in order to extend Sharia law throughout the world. They will not violate their constitution and their religion. It won't happen. Negotiations are worse than fruitless because they give the ayatollahs time to acquire their nuclear weapons. And then it is too late.

You are right that this is a diaster!

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"Iran" is a commonsense shortcut for the "Islamic Republic of Iran."

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