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Submitted by Blackspeare (United States), Oct 31, 2006 at 16:08

Q. What does Iran want most?

A. Dominance over the Middle East

Q. How will this be accomplished?

A. Either with military superiority or political force or both for the best result.

Iran is well on it's way concerning the latter. It's sphere of influence in southern Iraq is secured; it's support of Hizballah in South Lebanon is no secret; it has established strong ties with Syria (the enemy of my enemy is my friend); and fundamentalist activities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia are a growing concern for those two states.

Iran's development of nuclear weapons is a quagmire. No doubt they would really like to join the nuclear family of nations, but do they need nuclear weapons to achieve hegemony? Not really and they would negotiate this matter to the consternation of the US. Right now it's a stand-off----which comes first stopping enrichment or negotiations? The US knows that in any negotiation, the alleged possession of nuclear weapons by Israel will be put on the table and the US knows that Iran can trump Israel's weapons and make Israel the spoiler, and depending on the political climate, forcing the US to confront Israel over any nuclear weapons it may possess----something not particularly desirable.

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