[extropy-chat] nuclear non-proliferation as energy strategy ?
sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Jan 18 03:46:02 UTC 2006
On Jan 17, 2006, at 4:41 PM, Brian Lee wrote:
> This is why Iran is a bigger problem than Pakistan or Israel: Iran
> supports terrorism and makes threats about annihilating other
> countries (specifically US and Israel).
Laughable threats against the US and rather unlikely ones against
Israel for the next few years at least. I am really shaking.
> Their president is a raving lunatic who denies the Holocaust and
> calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.
That sort of rhetoric is not exactly unique.
> If we could go back in time, we should have stopped Pakistan and
> Israel from developing nuclear weapons but we can't, so they have
> nukes. Additionally, Pakistan "playing ball" with the US and
> cooperating goes a long way toward them not being a threat.
Only a matter of internal regime change for Pakistan to be a very
nasty threat in the region. Of course they currently are sensible
enough to realize that any real nastiness would mean their annihilation.
> The 911 hijackers being Saudi does not mean the Saudi government
> supports terrorism. To suggest this link is misguided.
I don't think so. The Saudi government gives strong support to very
radical Islamic groups. If there is no smoke here then why the
deletions from the report?
A leader running off at the mouth doesn't mean Iran has or is about
to have adequate means to be a real threat or that there is good
reason to attack Iran or Iranian targets at this time.
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