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Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 287 287

I care zero what crap the Iranian propaganda machine spews out, just as I care zero what propaganda the far-right hardliners in the US spew out. But yeah, I guess my skepticisism of the far-right's claim that Iran is developing nukes is equivalent to the blind acceptance of the far-right's claim that Iraq was developing WMDs.

Don't do drugs, kids.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 287 287

Do they have internet in the looney bin now?

> they know exactly what they are doing and the "who me? this is just for energy" is part of the game.

Maybe. We do need to try to prevent any and all paths towards them building a nuclear weapon. Countries have indeed used nuclear energy programs as covers for nuclear weapons programs in the past. See: Israel.

But I get tired of this unsubstantiated Netanyahu argument that they are making a bomb right now. Do you have any evidence that they are building a bomb? No. You have zip. Am I supposed to take the argument that "OMG THEY ARE MAKING NUKES CUZ THEY ARE BAD GUYS!!!!111" seriously?

Back in 2003 it was 'obvious' that Saddam was developing a nuke. He must have been! He was a bad dictator and he even had the bad dictator hat and moustache! If we didn't attack immediately he would turn the entire USA into nuclear glass!

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 287 287

> while at the same time arguing for their right to have nuclear weapons...

Iran has no right to nuclear weapons. It has a right to nuclear energy. The challenge of non-proliferation has always been finding a way to let a country have one but not the other. It's a tricky and subtle problem, but it's not like we just realized this yesterday. There is a huge international framework in place for precisely this purpose.

> It is admirable, that you wish to apply the "innocent until proven guilty" principle even to foreign regimes, but it is also naïve. Even in the legal system and offender on probation has to continuously prove innocence...

I never said "innocent until proven guilty." I'm saying we don't know yet. Sure, we can assume that they are building a nuke, but unfounded assumptions are dangerous and can have disastrous consequences. The most rational course of action is to close off all paths to a nuke, while letting them keep nuclear energy so they don't have an excuse to just take their entire program underground. That's why we have nuclear negotiations.

About your boring rhetoric on Obama, I'm not American so I don't care, really. Take your rants somewhere else.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 287 287

> if you don't think iran is building a nuclear weapon you have reached a level of naive idiocy beyond contempt

Say that to Mossad.

> i don't care if you think it is ok for them to build one, or not ok. it doesn't matter if you think they deserve a nuclear weapon or not

I don't think it's ok for them to build one, you lunatic.

Comment: Re:They are looking forward (Score 1) 287 287

Wrong... about what? I don't even know what I'm supposed to be refuting.

I never said Persia didn't attack anybody. They attacked and killed loads of people during their long history.

I'm just saying it's preposterous to think they would risk everything just to kill some infidels. And it is. Every informed person agrees on this.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 2, Insightful) 287 287

It's insane to think Iran would open up its military facilities for inspection. No country has ever willingly done that except those that have surrendered unconditionally after defeat in war (such as Imperial Japan). It would essentially mean Iran gives up its right to exist as an independent sovereign nation.

And they don't need to, anyway. Just monitor their supply chain of nuclear materials. That's what the current deal does.

If you think about it, a military base is a stupid place to build a bomb anyway. There are a million other places that are less obvious and easier to hide. Those insisting that Iran open up its military sites are insisting on something they know Iran won't do so as to derail the deal. Their intentions are not sincere.

Comment: Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 3, Insightful) 287 287

It is true. And I not only think they will try to skirt the deal, I 100% trust that they will attempt something devious. And that's why there are verification measures in place in addition to the implicit understanding that the deal will be renewed after it expires. The deal all but ensures Iran will not have a nuke. Any other pathway (including bombardment) would lead to Iran probably having a nuke. You really think you can do better than professional scientists, diplomats, and disarmament experts?

> Remember, the Koran promotes lying to infidels to gain their trust before back-stabbing them.

This has nothing to do with religion. Every country will turn its back on a deal if it thinks it can benefit from doing so. Again, this changes nothing.

Comment: Re:They are looking forward (Score 3, Insightful) 287 287

Unlike ISIS, Iran is a country that has existed continuously for 2500 years. I highly doubt they would self-immolate just for a chance to 'nuke the infidel.' Even Israeli intelligence agencies have looked at Iran and concluded that, despite the sabre-rattling, they are rational agents with self-preservation as a primary concern.

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