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Should the military option be used against Iran?

  1. James Agbogun profile image61
    James Agbogunposted 8 years ago

    It is apparent Iran is determined to arm herself with nuclear weapon. They are not ready for dialogue-as evident in the recent misile test. Should the military option be adopted? should Israel attack Iran?

    1. dutchman1951 profile image60
      dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I hope and pray no, I really do.

    2. blue dog profile image71
      blue dogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      please post information regarding iran's "recent misile test" along with any information you have regarding any recent misile tests that the u.s. or any other country on this planet might be actively involved in.

      1. jiberish profile image74
        jiberishposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Blue Dog, I charge $15.00 a minute for being your secretary. smile

        http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id … _article=1

        1. profile image0
          A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Do you expect him to have 15.00?

    3. profile image61
      C.J. Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thats up to the Israelies. But I do like how you couched the question. "Should Israel attack Iran?"  In my opinion yes. The Iranians don't have the capability to reach U.S. Soil with their weapons(millitarily that is). As an American I would say we have no say in this matter.  However Israel and a host of other countries(with in 1200 miles of any Iranian border) should consider an attack.  Israel is probably at a higher risk than the other countries surounding Iran. The only country I think is at greater risk is Iran itself(accidental nuclear exposure). Every country that has utilized nuclear energy has experienced accidents. 3 mile island, cheyrnoble, etc. If a major industrialized nation can screw it up, just think what a country with one foot still in the third world can do!

      1. profile image0
        cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        just the talk alone scares me...because it could escalate into action...action that could begin a war unlike any other we have ever known. scary...i don't even like watching the news about it but of course you have to or how else will you know what's going on sad

        1. Sufidreamer profile image81
          Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I hear you loud and clear - we are on the fringes of the Middle East here and it is all a little concerning. Hopefully, nobody will do anything stupid hmm

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            cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            i know, right? i had a horrible nightmare once after reading "Warday". at the time i had a very high fever, so i had trouble waking up from the dream, and in the dream, nuclear war was coming and i was tyring to get to my son's room before the blast hit and just as i touched the doorknob everything went white. i woke up screaming from that one...

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        Scott.Lifeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        The simple truth is that in the event of war outside of Nuclear exchange the United States can not defeat Iran in conflict.They have a million man reserve infantry force, and any internal fractures within their government and population will quickly evaporate in the face of a foreign invasion. We are already stretched near to the breaking point in Iraq and Afghanistan and there we are facing a rag tag bunch of guerrillas. Against a toughened and resilient foe on his home territory we would face a blood bath. I increasingly grow tired of those who push for a war they themselves will not have to fight or die in.

        1. Sufidreamer profile image81
          Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Good point, Scott - the Iranians have a long and proud history and will not roll over. In addition, aggression will drive moderates straight into the arms of the fundamentalists.

          Greeks and Iranians have a great deal of mutual respect for each other, and the Greeks have been at the forefront of trying to use diplomacy. Sadly, the talks stalled some time ago - it looks like we will have a new government here in the next couple of weeks, so there might be a fresh attempt.

          It is a difficult problem. sad

          cosette - that sounds like it was a horrible experience.

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            cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            thank goodness it was only a dream Sufi. a horrible dream that could become reality if we are not careful sad

            also, how do you fight nukes? with nukes...i wouldn't want to be the nation to use that kind of power against another. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were happenings we don't ever want to repeat.

            1. Sufidreamer profile image81
              Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I know what you mean - I remember watching that Holocaust film as a kid...I forget the name - it had Jason Robards in it...and had nightmares for weeks.

              Not sure how to fight nukes - the threat of mutually assured destruction seems to be the only way. Hopefully, wiser heads than mine will figure that out - I have a few friends in Israel and do not want to look in that direction and see a mushroom cloud on the horizon hmm

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                A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                I believe you are talking about "Holocaust" maybe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_ … iseries%29  Maybe not no Jason Robards

                1. Sufidreamer profile image81
                  Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Cheers for that, Tex - I could have Wikied, but it is very late here smile

                  Long time ago since I saw it.

                  EDIT: Not that one - The Day After: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085404/

                  Don't know if you saw that one smile

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                    A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    I remember it well, it was a mini series

      3. Make  Money profile image78
        Make Moneyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Definitely not.

        In fact Israel should be threatened with sanctions and loss of all support if they do a preemptive strike on Iran.

      4. James Agbogun profile image61
        James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this
        1. rhamson profile image76
          rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          What is apparent to me is that Iran is determined to be heard about their desires and wants to be a part of the global geopolitical community.

          Israel is very concerned and I would be too if I were them.  Their determination to carry out their agendas despite calls from the west to stop the settlements and seriously begin talks of peace with the Palestinians is adding fuel to the fire.

          Ahmedinejad is a tyrant and should be taken seriously no matter if we agree with his views or his agenda.

          We need to talk with him with no preconditions as that will hamper the time factor of getting this thing to a peaceful end.  I did not say we should give him everything he wants but a conversation would be a step in the right direction.

          1. James Agbogun profile image61
            James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            We must all know that the problem is not from Ahmedinejad. The real ruler of Iran must be brought to the table if any meaningful progress is to be achieved. The man you call the president seem to me as a secretary of state. He only delivers the message of what have been decided at home. small wonder, they usually avoid dialogue.

      5. Pearldiver profile image79
        Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Did it work in VietNam? Or Afganistan? Or Iraq? Or the Religious forums? hmm

        1. James Agbogun profile image61
          James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          So, what is your suggestion?

          1. Pearldiver profile image79
            Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Have the US Not lost Enough Sons and Daughters so far?
            The Commercial Value of Iran... Will ultimately decide whether or not the movers and shakers choose a military 'solution'

            1. James Agbogun profile image61
              James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Why is it that the US is the only country pushing for resistance against weapons of mass destruction? Why can't the UN and NATO be empowered so that the US can contribute the same combat Quota as other countries?

    4. profile image0
      ralwusposted 8 years ago

      I don't know but I fear no man's life, liberty, or property is safe while our congress is in session talking about this one.

      1. rhamson profile image76
        rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        AMEN!

    5. Paradise7 profile image85
      Paradise7posted 8 years ago

      NO!!!!  Please, God, NO!!!!!!
      PEACE!

    6. profile image46
      Rick Hillposted 8 years ago

      Yes, they are a terrorist nation.  Their President was one of the terrorists that took over our embasy several years ago.  We should bomb them back into the stoneage.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
        Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Since the majority of Iranian's did not vote for him I don't believe that is a fair option.

    7. Tom Cornett profile image78
      Tom Cornettposted 8 years ago

      Our very existence is in the hands of leaders of the "Nuclear Nations"  What Nation is really, truly stable and responsible enough to posses the power to destroy the earth.
      Consider the hatred and anger between the political parties here.
      It is a chilling and horrific thought.

    8. Paraglider profile image94
      Paragliderposted 8 years ago

      In a word, no. It would alienate the large and growing number of Western-leaning Iranians who will, in time, reclaim their own country from the regime.

      1. Dame Scribe profile image61
        Dame Scribeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Now that would be a true Blessing smile bravo Paraglider!

      2. profile image61
        C.J. Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Any thing that helps destroy the millitary apparatus of this regime will be welcomed by the western leaning Iranians.  Their only issue will be with the people (Israelie's) doing it. Alienate them? No. They more than likely felt alienated when no one came to their aid after the most recent elections. I do believe your correct in the idea that Iran may experience a change from with in.  It would be a great thing, however no middle eastern country has been willing to pay that price so far.

      3. earnestshub profile image89
        earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, the people in Iran have already suffered enough under the current regime, and most are peaceful intelligent loving families.
        The last thing we should be thinking about a war in Iran! !

    9. Flightkeeper profile image73
      Flightkeeperposted 8 years ago

      I think Israel might have to do the dirty work and stop Iran, I don't see anyone else who is willing to do so and Israel has to for its own sake.  If Israel does, I don't think that Obama will do anything to help her.  Obama sympathizes with the Muslims in my opinion because of his early history.

      1. rhamson profile image76
        rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        If Obama sympathizes with the Muslims why haven't we cut off the 3 billion dollars in aid to Israel?

        1. profile image0
          Madame Xposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Because then we would lose our "say so" to a certain degree. Obama's sympathies don't matter as much here.

          1. rhamson profile image76
            rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Is your assumption that I am a sympathizer and therefore not relevent to the argument?

            1. profile image0
              Madame Xposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              No. My comment was addressed to your question of "why haven't we cut off the 3 billion dollars in aid to Israel?" Because our financial aid always gives us some influence.

              1. rhamson profile image76
                rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                What say so are you referring too?  The influence to stop the setllement expansion? I think you have the cart before the horse here Madame.  We have not cut off the funding to Israel because of the jewish lobby in Chicago and DC.  This regime of Netenyahu's is a circus and the double speak coming out of his mouth is hilarious.  What is more hilarious is that you bought it.

                1. profile image0
                  Madame Xposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  They're also our main ally in the middle east. That might have something to do with it.

                  1. rhamson profile image76
                    rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    If they are our main ally in the middle east why is it that they were caught and are still spying on us?  This seem to be an uneasy type of arrangement.  We give them money, arms, technical training for the arms they get and they repay us by spying on us.  Try watching this and let me know what you think of our buddies the Israelis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWpWc_suPWo

                    1. Make  Money profile image78
                      Make Moneyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                      If anyone has not watched this short video yet they should.

              2. Paraglider profile image94
                Paragliderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                A little financial aid gives 'us' some influence. Too much merely gives Israel autonomy, so they can commit war crimes in Gaza with impunity.

                1. profile image0
                  A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I say, pay em well!

        2. Flightkeeper profile image73
          Flightkeeperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I am sure it's on his to-do list, he's only been president for 9 months, give him some time.  However, he will have a fight on his hands from the lobbyists.  Israel does get that aid but they are required to spend 3/4 of that money on military materiel that they buy from our companies.

    10. Dame Scribe profile image61
      Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

      I think Obama is doing great staying 'objective' and not getting 'emotional'. hmm

    11. profile image0
      A Texanposted 8 years ago

      It would certainly be good if Israel unleashed itself! Jordan,Saudi Arabia would feign anger while secretly thanking them!

      1. Flightkeeper profile image73
        Flightkeeperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        True.  Saudi Arabia has already signaled to Israel that it would be alright with them if Israel attacked Iran.  The Saudis being Sunni do not want a Shia Iran to have the nuclear advantage.

    12. visitmaniac profile image60
      visitmaniacposted 8 years ago

      I don't think its in our hands anymore. Iran is continuing to pressure the USA on all sides along with North Korea. Given a few more years they will start the war with us and not us with them and it will be much worse off and devastating.

    13. Sufidreamer profile image81
      Sufidreamerposted 8 years ago

      I think I saw holocaust, too, but I was a little older then. Good series smile

    14. Tom Cornett profile image78
      Tom Cornettposted 8 years ago

      Iran is facing it's worst drought in years.  They are becoming more and more dependent on foreign grain.     http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/864801.stm    I would guess that the leadership is trying to build leverage for political survival. Perhaps they believe that being "Nuclear" will sort of even the odds at bargaining tables.
      Iran has witnessed the babel of diplomacy during genocide around the globe.....especially on the African continent.
      Why would they trust the so called Super Power Oil Junkie Nations in any diplomatic treaty?
      It is time for the world to bring work together for peace and prosperity to the table instead of war threats from the biggy boys.

    15. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years ago

      NO

      1. James Agbogun profile image61
        James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Misha, why no?

        1. Misha profile image74
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Likely to backfire badly. Besides, you don't have enough money for the wars you fight already in Iraq and Afghanistan. smile

          1. James Agbogun profile image61
            James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Is it better we leave Iran to go ahead with the Nuke if they do not comply with dialogue?

          2. ledefensetech profile image70
            ledefensetechposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Who said anything about occupying the country.  We just need to send over a couple of carrier battlegroups and we can level their entire nuclear infrastructure.

            1. Misha profile image74
              Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Need a sarcasm smiley? smile

              1. ledefensetech profile image70
                ledefensetechposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                No, I'm pretty sure it can be done.  The Iranian Air Force is a joke and it's not like the Russians have been supplying them with state of the art air defense systems.  I'm very concerned about religious fundamentalists getting their hands on atomic weapons.  It was bad enough when the Soviets and the West developed them.

                I think I feel more comfortable with NK or Pakistan having the bomb.  Iran is just too crazy, it's not just Islam either, their brand of craziness goes all the way back to Persia.

                1. Dame Scribe profile image61
                  Dame Scribeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  That's what has me worried too hmm that religious craziness tongue too unstable and emotional ...leaders have to be objective and steady hmm scary , yup.

    16. profile image0
      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

      We should do what ever makes everyone the most happy!

    17. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years ago

      What you resist - persists. smile

      1. James Agbogun profile image61
        James Agbogunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You are very right. It is better we ignore them. What has North Korea done with their Nuke except for having it?

    18. Ralph Deeds profile image62
      Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago

      Iran agreed in talks with the United States and other major
      powers to open its newly revealed uranium enrichment plant
      near Qum to international inspection and to send most of its
      openly declared enriched uranium to Russia to be turned into
      fuel, senior American and other Western officials said.


      This is an illustration that united diplomacy backed by power can solve problems without military action.



      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/world … amp;emc=na

      1. dutchman1951 profile image60
        dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, it seems we are talking for a change,and it can work.
        There is hope

        Jon

    19. tksensei profile image60
      tksenseiposted 8 years ago

      That's great! Iran and NK can have a good ol' chuckle together!

    20. Island Tropical profile image60
      Island Tropicalposted 8 years ago

      Why do you need to do that? Is it because Iran is a bad country?

     
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