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  •  if you want to have a "fruitful" discussion (5+ / 0-)

    it might behoove you not to twist what Chomsky says in the video clip.

    Chomsky refers to the US-backed coup and installation of the shah for the purposes of some much needed historical CONTEXT, and not as a literal, directly a-to-b causal reason for our present actions or situation. Thus your calling up that old canard "conspiracy theory" serves only as totally dishonest innuendo on your part.

    And as to this comment...

    The truth of the matter is that Iran is a country run by religious fanatics that violently hates jews, executes homosexuals, oppresses women...not exactly a stable country.  In many ways it is a country living in the 15th century that may have 21st century weapons.  I see nothing wrong with trusting secular democracies with this technology, more than theocracies or dictatorships.

    ...I smell propaganda on your part and big-time: the whole point is that Iran is, according to the international body that moniters such things, NOT CURRENTLY VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW or developing nuclear weapons.

    Chomsky points out that their legal and approved enrichment program actually FUCKING HALTED for some time, but that we are singling out Iran while we support other countries (India, Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, Japan, who either have the bomb or have enrichment facilities). If we do not want Iran to develop the bomb perhaps we should work to change the international law regarding enrichment--but like the fisile material law Chomsky refers to the U.S. wants to have its cake and eat it too.

    American "foreign policy" is that of a rogue nation: we have invaded and are occupying a country that posed NO THREAT to us, and now we are threatening their neighbors. But there is absolutely nothing in the international law or opinion that backs up our hypocritical swagger.

    Get your facts straight before you weasel in with what amounts to AIPAC and PNAC nonsense.

    •  cannot possibly let this stand (5+ / 0-)

      religious fanatics that violently hates jews, executes homosexuals, oppresses women...not exactly a stable country.  In many ways it is a country living in the 15th century that may have 21st century weapons.  I see nothing wrong with trusting secular democracies with this technology, more than theocracies or dictatorships.

      no time to take this apart.
      It's absolute rubbish.
      Second largest Jewish population in ME lives in Iran.
      For years Israel had a policy of giving $5000 to diaspora jews to migrate to Israel.  Recently, Israel started offering $60,000 to Iranian jews to move to Israel.  only a very, very few Iranian jews accepted the offer.  Iranian Jews are happy, safe, & comfortable in Iran.

      Iran is a country with 4000 years of history, a strong committment to intellectual development, industry, 21st century technology -- they built an auto manufacturing plant in another Mediterranean country..  

      An author named Zeinart wrote a very good children's book on Iran that is in the collection of better libraries and public schools. Hopefully, our children will not repeat mistakes such as the quoted paragraph, above.

      When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight. -Chinhua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

      by BughouseWW on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 10:06:56 AM PST

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