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    SueDe

    Iran is a different kind of threat not because of these things but because what happens afterward should there be military engagement.

    (BTW, the idea that they can't build nukes because "islam forbids" killing innocent non-comabtant - or whatever -  is ridiculous on its face. islam, like every other religion, will always conveniently find a way to discover that "god" happens to agree with them and that their holy book allows (or even commands) whatever the fuck it is that they've decided they need/want to do).

    NK can be easily dispensed. I think this is partially why we don't spend a bunch of time on it. China is not getting into a war over this so I think the thought is: if NK is stupid enough to do anything serious, well, that would be really stupid. The country has no resources. Iran OTOH has oil. As does the rest of the middle east. I'm not sure we can count on whoever are out "allies" over there should it come down to Iran vs US. Sure, most countries say they're not crazy about Ahmadenijad (sp) but who knows what happens if the actual rubber meets the actual road? Because let's face it: we wouldn't engage militarily there unless Iran tries something with Israel. So I don't think we can count on anything. Our country is woefully addicted to oil and well, and look what happened with speculation and gas prices when there was all that unrest before. Pure bullshit but it is what it is. For that reason, the threat is just bigger because of it.

    •  I wouldn't give the North Koreans (2+ / 0-)
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      shenderson, SueDe

      too much credit. They're extremely isolated, and it only takes one stupid move to escalate things.
      I'm not saying they're going to launch a nuke, but remember when they bombed that S. Korean island and killed all those soldiers?
      In today's tense environment, that wouldn't be treated the same as it was.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:51:04 AM PDT

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