Originally Posted by Der Alte
USA has a perfectly legitimate reason to not let Iran get nukes; Iran is a potential enemy. You want to keep your enemies as weak as possible. I see this not from the "moral" standpoint, but more from a realistic standpoint. The USA is acting out of its self-interest, just like every other country has since the beginning of civilization. Nuclear weapons is a "get out of US invasion free" card.
But the way it's being handled is somewhat askew in my opinion, and please reagard this as such.
But there was a time when all American's were living in the crosshairs. At any moment a Soviet attack could have wiped out our society.
Similar to the situation the British were facing in 1941.
But now Iranians in a sense face this every day, I would be worried walking down the street, looking to every horizon knowing a potential enemy is there.
I do know that some people would compare this situation to Israel, and say that Iranian pursuit of nuclear arms is invalid. But Israel, in this same siutation, DID start and maintains a nuclear program. And have never taken part in any nuclear arms reduction treaty.
What I am getting at, is as long at the U.S. is barking at the door, then the more and more sense and urgency may be poured into coming up with a nuclear program.
And the amount of resentment, and bitter hatred towards America has increased over time from the sanctions and utter economic chaos implied on Iran over the years.
I don't like Iran with nukes, I don't want Iran with nukes, but I can say I would understand why they would pursue them.
Also as this situation goes on, I believe that failing U.S. economic practices and replacment as the world's leading manufacturer of goods by Asia, will also influence American police actions in the future regarding Iran.
If another economic dowturn slams U.S. economies then riding out stagnation in the 21st century could sway U.S. policy makers to ride out American interests on the only thing we would have left, a powerful military to man handle our way towards our global interests.
Which if that continues would run that idea out of steam as our military becomes degraded from ailing funding and constant redeployment around the world.
This could start in Iran