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  •  DIstort all you like (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    Fact of the matter is that for many many years, Hussein was uncooperative with the inspections regime and deliberately choose a strategy of not allowing the international community know just where it stood vis a vis these waepons.  That strategy created enough uncertainty that Bush was easily able to exploit it.  Yes, the inspectors had a pretty good idea what Hussein didn't have though there were still significant uncertainties as towards others.  By the time Hussein realized what was coming and let the inspectors in, the momentum was already underway.

    As for Iran, sure they can play cat and mouse and the net result is that now momentum is again building for war precisely because of the uncooperativeness and lack of openness of Iran.  So, Iran wants to risk war, then so be it, but Khamanei has to know precisely that he is risking war by being cagey.  That's just how the world works.  If you create uncertainty in people's minds, then god knows what they'll do.  Not maybe rational, but utterly predictable.  

    If Iran is really only looking for peaceful civilian power, then they should absolutely open the doors wide and let all the inspectors see absolutely everything to prove their intentions are good.  Do that and all this "they're building a bomb!" hair on fire stuff will be unable to gain traction.  I'm afraid that this business of this paranoia that the IAEA is going to send in its black UN helicopters once th inspections are done is much lower risk than the very high risk Iran faces now from it's intentional creation of uncertainty.

    The only interpretation I see is that given civil unrest, Khamanei wants Israeli air strikes to shore up his own position.

    •  The only way for Iran to avoid risking war (0+ / 0-)

      is for Iran to surrender completely and invite an occupation.

      To argue that we savagely attacked and slaughtered the people of Iraq because "Saddam was coy with inspectors" is laughably detached from reality.

      Bombing Iran is far more dangerous than Iran getting The Bomb.

      by JesseCW on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 06:47:38 PM PST

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