I stand with everything Netanyahu says\
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to the United States Congress has been debated by many. Whether he has a right to, or not, he argues that he is obligated to speak out against the dangers facing Israel from a Nuclear Iran. The basis of his argument is that the world needs to know the true dangers of a nuclear Iran and just how close they are to achieving it.
Let’s get to the point and lets look at the facts. Below I will outline what I think about the topic. I would love any opinions, comments, or information you can add to this discussion.
How dangerous is a Nuclear Iran? And how close is Iran to achieving Nuclear weapons, really?
I distinctly remember about 2 years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was on television saying that Iran was only 6 months away from Iranian enrichment for Nuclear weapons. Its not two years later and I don’t see Iran with a nuclear weapon right now. So although I am a huge fan of Netanyahu, that either wasn’t true, or events have taken place since then that have prolonged the process.
That being said… nuclear arms only encourage an already out of control nation to continue it’s abuse of human rights, and terrorism in the region. In fact, there is a current investigation by the United Nations into Iran’s nuclear program, which according to a UN nuclear watchdog, Iran is being “slow to cooperate.” According to a recent Reuters article, “The Islamic Republic has yet to address two outstanding issues relating to alleged explosives tests and other measures that might have been used for nuclear bomb research which it should have explained away by last August.” See full article HERE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/02/us-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUSKBN0LY0UV20150302
Iran seems to be slowing and avoiding the investigation into their nuclear program, and refuses to respond to inquiries that point to a nuclear weapons manufacturing program.
Iran is currently conventionally armed, and thus far have failed to comply with International regulations placed upon them. For us to assume that gaining nuclear arms would make their compliance with international standards more likely, is completely naive. Lets remind everyone that the United States Department of State considers Iran to be the single largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. No nation that is a state sponsor of terror, let alone the largest state sponsor of terror in the world, should be able to gain nuclear weapons capabilities.
Every year, Iran spends hundreds of millions and sends thousands of Iranian operatives to directly support terror groups across the region. They provide funds, arms, training, and in-field guidance to these terrorists, and have mostly supported anti Israeli terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. A nuclear Iran creates a permanent and powerful threat to Israel. Their more than 30 year conflict would only be heightened and become more hostile.
Not only are Israeli-Iran relations going to become more hostile, the Middle East in general is already an unstable region, and an emerging nuclear arms race in the region will only further the unstable atmosphere and relations there.
At the end of the day, there is one nation in the Middle East that constantly stands up for human rights, that supports democracy, freedom of religion, education for women, gay rights, women’s rights, there is one nation that deserves our unwavering support, and that is Israel.
So I personally believe that we should support them, let Netanyahu speak to our congress whenever he chooses, and give them the support they need to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. What do you think?
By James L. Riggs
in re: “Democrat response” – what a smarmy little weasel. he almost could be a Republican.
Nuclear warfare – blood running in the streets – death and destruction – Oh my God!! It’s the Apocalypse if __________ gets nuclear!!!
Actually, the only people at real risk will be the politicians on ground zero. Iran gains nothing by nuking my little town but they would benefit greatly from hitting Washington, D.C. (I guess I probably shouldn’t move to Washington until the world is at peace.)
The places that don’t produce anything of material value (read “centers of government”) are always going to be ground zero. Why is that a bad thing? The Centers of Government are populated with the trouble makers who provoke a constant succession of wars.
“Iran” is a product of some politicians and a pencil in 1953 when the US and the UK overthrew the constitutional monarchy that had been imposed in 1906. Israel was created in 1947 by a bunch of UK and US politicians with the support of the politicians at the UN.
Everybody involved in these issues has profited greatly from the associated death and destruction.
If Iran hits Texas we probably won’t be selling them any fertilizer or refining their light crude. If Iran hits Washington DC and relieves Texas of a burdensome Federal rule what do you suppose my neighbors will say?
None of the countries in the mid-east have made any effort to be peaceful, “live-and-let-live” neighbors. They are constantly spoiling for a fight.
In my opinion the wise course is to let them fight it out – and invest in body bag manufacturers. Maybe they will do us the favor of taking our politicians with them to meet those 72 virgins in the sky.
Lets put it this way, Iran’s Militia Chief (commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards) said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable.”
So if they are able to get a nuclear weapon, it is very dangerous. For the United States, I do not think it is very dangerous. It is pretty hard to hit us with a nuclear weapon, even if they were to give the nuclear weapon to a terrorist group. Transporting a nuclear weapon is difficult and I am sure we would be able to track it. Hopefully.
Iran is pushing hard against the negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Which is why it is so frustrating that President Obama is trying to force Israel to give in and create a Palestinian state.
In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.
“Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi said.
“The Zionists should know that the next war won’t be confined to the present borders and the Mujahedeen will push them back,” he added. Naqdi claimed that much of Hamas’s arsenal, training and technical knowhow in the summer conflict with Israel was supplied by Iran.
You can read the full story HERE: http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-militia-chief-destroying-israel-nonnegotiable/
What is scary, is that reports are saying that the deal between Iran and the USA will enable Iran to have a nuclear weapon within the year. Read this report: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/iran-deal-allow-nuclear-breakout-less-netanyahu-150932041.html
Israel should stand strong against Palestine and Iran. The USA should stand with them, but we can’t expect this adminsitration to have that kind of common sense.
I understand that the Persians are intent on wiping Israel off the map, and the people who live there, while they are at it. I have been in the area and seen the way that all of the parties involved in this conflict treat each other. Everybody hates everybody and wants the other guy to just leave the planet.
This has been going on without interruption since the Romans had the area and were busy crucifying some of the locals in an attempt to change their behavior.
This is the battle between the children of Israel and the sons of Ishmael.
Please tell me how this is anything that the government of the people of the United States should be involved in at all?
Is the human condition in the United States such that there is nothing left for the government to attend to, and thus the government of the United States is forced to become embroiled in a foreign conflict?
Why exactly should the government of the United States join in a conflict of biblical repute?
We should stand back and not aggravate the current situation. If there is a war we can deal with the survivors just as both of the parties to this conflict have done for the USA.
Are you aware that meddling by the US is what has brought this conflict to its’ current state?
I guess only time will tell if everything this guy says is true….
I personally don’t feel that we can trust Iran. They have continuously broken international regulations and agreements that were negotiated by the UN. They have not complied with anything asked of them. Do we really believe they will honor any of this agreement?
And do you really believe that this President will enforce the agreement??
Like I said, only time will tell. Hopefully everyone pays attention.
PS: How cool is the new tagging feature? I just started typing your guys usernames and a little drop down menu appeared so its easier to tag people. I’m digging it.
How dangerous is a “Nuclear Iran”?
This entire issue is a game. The mid-east is a place that has been in apocalyptic turmoil since the beginning of recorded history. Everybody hates everybody and all of them are going to wipe the other guy from the face of the earth.
There are lots of stories in the Bible about the fundamental nature of the people of the mid-east and their cultures. They thrive on turmoil and war. All of the various groups that make-up the area have constantly run through history screaming “OMG!!!!” and waving a sword while threatening to cut everybody’s head off. The mid-east is the original homeland for the Drama Queens of the World. Everything is an apocalypse about to happen if somebody doesn’t ___________.
This is another case of “The Mouse That Roared”.
If Iran did nuke Israel what do you suppose Russia would be forced to do? Iran is on Russia’s back door. Do you really suppose that Russia would be like the US and wait for a body count and confirmation before they reacted to a nuclear detonation?
If there were to be a launch of a tactical nuke what do you suppose all of the other countries that have nuclear weapons would be forced to do in their own defense?
They would not be stupid enough to wait to see who threw it.
I am surprised that His Holiness The Obama hasn’t warned Iran that he will go down to them and bow and kiss them if they don’t behave. That should give them something to worry about. If it doesn’t maybe he could threaten to beat them up with his feather boa.
All it will take to settle this entire mess down is to give the Iranians some money and designate them to be a “Most Favored Trade Partner” status – and then pay the Israelis to be quiet until Israel stirs up their next big disaster.
On the other hand, the US could shut all of them up by just passing a Constitutional amendment that prohibits US involvement in foreign military affairs. Just say “It’s a local matter – have the winner call us when it’s over.”
I think it was a poor choice on the part of England and the US to direct the new exodus to Palestine and then give the rest of the Arab world the finger. The results are predictable.
So – how has Israel shown the Arab world that Israel will be a good neighbor and not a threat to the Arab world? You don’t generally make friends by beating them up, bragging about it, and threatening to keep doing it.
I’ll bet Putin is having a high old time with this and laughing himself silly.
@peter-t-burke I totally agree with you. Putin must see Obama for exactly what he is, an Amateur.
I guess we will just have to wait and see, hopefully everyone remembers who was POTUS when all of this blows up in our faces, LITERALLY.
To me this is a true no-brainer. There is an old saying that talks about the inmates running the asylum. They are. The inmates are the current administration and the asylum is the white house.
Letting Iran have nuclear capabilities is the most insane thing that could ever be done. It’s like giving a fully loaded tank to the neighborhood psycho.
How can this even be a question. These folks hate everyone. So there is a question as to what they will do with their new toy? Really?
First Israel, then the U.S.
obozo is an idiot and he’s going to get us all killed.
OK, so lets look at this. Suppose that Iran does nuke Israel. And?? The US isn’t going to do anything so that is going nowhere.
Suppose that Iran nukes the US.
First Iran just doesn’t have the capacity to do any real damage to targets that count for anything to the US government.
The politicians all have hardened bunkers and so they can sit and watch the attack on their big screen TV in safety.
The only casualties would be a few hundred thousand commoners which would make no difference to the US government. What difference would that make when there are 300 million more of them?
Iran is not going to be able to assemble a long range nuclear weapon (say 75 megaton yield) in the next 20 years. They just don’t have the facilities. Most likely they would produce small tactical weapons in the 5 to 25 megaton range.
If Iran nukes Israel the US would have to pay war reparations to Israelis everywhere.
If Iran doesn’t nuke Israel the politicians have a durable issue to wave around and use as an excuse to spend more money on the military.
This issue is a win/win for politicians everywhere just like when they were pounding on the idea that Russia was going to nuke the US. This is just like the “Commie conspiracies” of the 1950s. Russia is going to destroy the US any second and the Russian government was telling the Russian people the same thing about the US.
A much greater threat to the continued existence of the US exists right here in the USA – its WATER!!!!! Everybody who has drunk water is going to die!!! The are plenty of things to be panicked about right here in the USA.
So let me ask a question – why not just let the mid-east kill each other and then level the mid-east and make some housing developments for illegal aliens from the USA?
If the people of the mid-east want to commit suicide in order to kill the other people from the mid-east – why not let them enjoy their choice of pursuits without the interference of the USA?
Hahahaha. You have some interesting concepts Pete, however I don’t think letting our only ally in the middle east be wiped off the face of the planet is a good move. Not only would we be out of said allies, but it would probably tick off the Jewish people(that aren’t in Israel), but I could be wrong.
I am without a doubt, for allowing countries to work out their own problems, but this one is a little different. For our own security we need Israel and we need it intact.
The only sad part of your comment is about our politicians watching the devastation on their big screen, from inside a bunker, with a ho-hum attitude when it comes to the deaths of peasants in the U.S. that would be killed. I just don’t think they would care.
I’ll watch my intake of water. Have a great day.
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