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Ok! The answer is here! Don't bomb the jihadis; instead, provide mental health counceling and investment.

Reader comment on item: Decision Time on Iran
in response to reader comment: No bombing Iranian nuclear facilities

Submitted by MelM (United States), Nov 2, 2006 at 19:43

I agree that submission and prostration to a pile of nutcase dogma and clerics could bring on some self-esteem problems. But, how do we get the jihadis to check themselves into mental health clinics? Besides, I've not heard of any cure for religion now available to psychotherapists (one can only hope for a breakthrough in the 21st Century.)

Since the writer's shameful ideas--if followed--would be suicidal, I thought I had to respond to them.


Paragraph by paragraph:


(1) We can't win the peace without starting and winning the war against Islamic totalitarianism.
Iraq is a substitute for such a war; it's not against the two main sources of Islamic jihad which
are Iran and Saudi Arabia. Operation Iraqi Freedom is like a Great Society poverty program: we give them democracy and wealth and they will stop being criminals and shooting at us. It should be clear to everyone by now that these countries don't want our Bill of Rights. I think Bush knows this and has developed the "democracy" spin to cover REAL failure. I digress.

(2) "...Iran craves respect (as does Hamas and Hezbollah) and that in many ways they deserve it now, having displayed valour, ingenuity and principle..."
I can't guess at what specific inverted set of values (I suspect religious ones) could lead anyone to give respect to Iran, Hamas, and Hezbvollah. What country doesn't crave respect? In addition, Iran craves our death; they crave an irrational, fanatic, religious, world jihad.

(3) Their's no reason at all to live under MAD. I have no intention of going to the brink every time Iran goes into a crazed frenzy because of some "insult to the prophet" we've made. End the Iranian Revolution instead!
China and Russia made a decision to change; Iran hasn't. And, all the oil money that's poured into the ME hasn't turned them into "liberal democracies." They have used it to spread terror and Wahabism all over the world. We should seize the oil.

(4) "...designed to shore up short term emotional needs..." ROFL! Prostrating themselve to murderous dogma doesn't deserve respect; it deserves contempt.

(5) Sounds like some fuzzy philosopy here so I'll just say that since it motivated the writer's comment, I undoubtedly disagree with all of it.

(6) Sure! Invest in our destruction; great idea.

(7) A decade of truce sounds like the "Islamic truce" concept I've read about. They'd use the improved economy to arm themselves for the next attack. The destructive power unleashed by such co-operation would be awesome.

(8) The American Revolutionary War worked, the Civil War held the Union together and ended slavery, WWII ended Hilter and the Japanese Empire. These are wars we had to win; the war against Islamic totalitarianism is another such war. Sometimes, war is the only solution. The sooner the better.

Submitting....

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