'Peacefare'

As Iran grows more belligerent, isn't it time to cut rogue nation loose from U.N.?

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Sometimes, waging peace is anything but passive.

Sometimes it’s an assertive, in-your-face thing.

It’s all-out “peacefare.”

This is precisely what has to be the case in standing up to the hateful, jingoistic, “religist” leaders of Iran.

What a historic disaster these vitriolic rulers have been for a once-proud Persian people in the 33 years of the so-called Islamic “revolution” – yes, as with the Castros in Cuba, a
dictator’s “revolution” is never done.

But it’s one thing to oppress your own people; it’s quite another to actively, covertly and overtly threaten another, as these warmongers do constantly.

While the U.S. and Europe tighten the sanction screws on the Iranian regime in order to try to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has ratcheted up the rhetoric – calling Israel a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.”

He said it was justified “to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

Now, you may laugh that off as the rantings of a nutcase with blood in his eyes. Yet, this guy not only sets official state policy, but he’s also apparently the gospel to a lot of Muslims. And he says Iran will support anyone who attacks Israel.

He’s inviting war, and not just in words: If the Jewish state decides Iran’s nuclear weapons project is at the point of no return, it may have no choice but to try to destroy it. That would be just the alleged provocation the haters in Tehran would love.

Those of us who want peace cannot be silent.

First, pray. Second, show the world that the forces of peace can and will overwhelm the perpetrators of war – in communications with your member of Congress, in letters to the editor, in calls to talk shows, in social media and, when the opportunity presents itself, in marches and protests aimed at standing with Israel and with freedom and peace.

Encourage our leaders, and anyone else who will listen, to stop all commerce and contact with Iran unless and until the good people of Iran throw off their oppressors and the world’s tormentors.

The U.S. also should ask itself: Why should we belong to any organization that would have the Iranian regime as a member? Isn’t it time the United Nations changed the locks on the Iranian offices? Isn’t it time the U.S. insisted on it? What good is a “United Nations” in which one member openly lusts for war with another? Is there anything that can get you tossed out of this club?

Isn’t it time we truly isolated and neutered the warmongers?

It may not be enough for governments to take action. The people of the civilized world should rise up against the Iranian regime in righteous and determined defiance. You don’t have to sit next to Israel to stand up for peace.

The world, yet again, is at the crowded and debris-strewn intersection of War and Peace. Some – such as the bigoted and malevolent rulers in Tehran – would have us turn toward war.

It’s never been more urgent or important to turn them back.

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specsta
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specsta 02/13/12 - 01:10 am
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Here we go again. Beating the

Here we go again. Beating the drums of war against another nation, whose leader is guilty of ... running his mouth.

The Chronicle wrote: "What good is a “United Nations” in which one member openly lusts for war with another?"

Ummm, that basically sounds like what the US did under GW Bush when he spread his lies and venom about "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq. Except Iraq only had a leader running his mouth - no weapons, and certainly no mass destruction ability.

Will the US ever learn? We are the warmongers, not these other countries. Iran does not have nukes, just a silly leader running his mouth. Let's move on. We need to focus on our own country, not Iran, Iraq, Israel or any other country. The US is in a mess and no one is bailing us out, so our priorities need to be at home.

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Techfan 02/13/12 - 02:52 am
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"This is precisely what has

"This is precisely what has to be the case in standing up to the hateful, jingoistic, “religist” leaders". For a second there I thought the AC was talking about Santorum.

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Jon Lester 02/13/12 - 03:05 am
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Tell me, why is one
Unpublished

Tell me, why is one theocratic and ethnocentric regime better than any other, and how is it consistent with American values to even favor any one of them? Iran's achievements have been made despite sanctions and international isolation, and there's no reason why Israel can't be just as self-sufficient. Besides, wouldn't it be better for America to buy more of its oil imports from more stable sources? Look at a map; it's a much shorter and safer trip from Murmansk to New York than it is from the Persian Gulf or Nigeria. The people most responsible for orchestrating conflict with Iran are in it for their own profit, and could not care less what it would do to the American economy, or even to its standing in the world, because if any amount of major damage is sustained by the Fifth Fleet, it will be 1588 all over again, as far as world opinion goes.

americafirst
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americafirst 02/13/12 - 05:46 am
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Once upon a time, people were

Once upon a time, people were saying that Hitler was "just a silly leader running his mouth." Ask Kuwait if they beleive Hussein was "just a silly leader running his mouth." And of course we have the usual refrain that we are just wanting to steal Iran's oil.

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avidreader 02/13/12 - 05:53 am
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The US supplies Israel with

The US supplies Israel with billions every year. Let them take care of themselves; they're good at it when pushed to extremes. As @specsta says, another nation's leader "running his mouth".

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/13/12 - 06:20 am
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Will we ever know the truth

Will we ever know the truth about is really going on......we are sheep following the bell sheep......we would probably be shocked senseless if we knew the facts.
Sometimes I think we will sell off everything & go live on an Island in the Bahamas .....sun-great seafood to eat---easy going folks--I can't think of wars in this location.

david jennings
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david jennings 02/13/12 - 07:01 am
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Yeah, the people of Israel

Yeah, the people of Israel are silly to worry what Ayotollah Khamenei says. ???

john.q.publius
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john.q.publius 02/13/12 - 08:24 am
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Here is just one article

Here is just one article http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aVeUQqEr_MeU&refe... showing that banned weapons were in fact present in Iraq on the day the US invaded. Note that these were UN-"inspected" missile engines that had been tagged by inspectors and scheduled for destruction some time before the invasion, and that the Hussein regime "documented" them as destroyed prior to the invasion.

There are a lot of folks who don't understand how inspection works. The idea was that Hussein's people were supposed to cooperate with inspectors, in exchange for the concessions he got in 1991. No sane person--I know, that leaves out the UN entirely--would agree to a scenario in which a lunatic gets to hide weapons as well as he is able, anywhere in an entire nation ruled by a despot, and then the "good guys" try to find them.

Yes, this particular article documents only a few weapons, and yes, they were found in a recycling facility in the Netherlands. The relevant points are that, 1) The weapons existed when the Hussein regime claimed--and had satisfied UN inspectors--that they had already been destroyed; 2) The weapons were in Iraq, in usable form, the day the US invaded; 3) The weapons were smuggled out of Iraq after the invasion, leading to the lamebrain assumption that "there were no WMDs, because we did not find any." In other words, 1) Iraq had a documented ability to evade the ridiculous UN inspections regime; 2) Iraq had the desire and the ability to retain proscribed weapons in usable form up to the date of the invasion; and 3) After the invasion, proscribed weapons were removed from Iraq in such a way as to make it appear that they did not exist.

Move along, folks, nothing to see here. Fortunately, the same good people are responsible for seeing to it that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon...

faithson
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faithson 02/13/12 - 08:31 am
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Now here is a defining line

Now here is a defining line in the sand for the American Electorate. old testament vs new testament way of handling 'earthly' conflicts. Choose wisely my friends, your freedom loving way of life may be in the balance. Another 'war' in support of any thing or any one in the middle east is ludicrous. Here is where Ron Paul, with all his libertarian overreach, is spot on. America must make it clear, which the Joint Chiefs have, that any military action by Isreal and the consequences thereof will be on ISREAL, not the good people of America. WE WILL NOT FIGHT. WE WILL negotiate, attach sanctions, marginalize, do any and all things political, to isolate IRAN... but we will not KILL there people even if their leaders take their country to the presipous of war.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 08:47 am
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BREAKING - Ninja Leprechauns

BREAKING - Ninja Leprechauns and Exocet Unicorns discovered in Iraq!

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allhans 02/13/12 - 08:49 am
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America must and will fight

America must and will fight with Israel if war ensues. They are the keepers of America's back door.

Those questioning the funding of foreign countries might consider:
"The $1.5 billion requested for Egypt in the PRESIDENT'S fiscal year 2011 budget puts the country fourth on the list of recipients for aid managed by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development. Only (1) Afghanistan ($3.9 billion),(2) Pakistan ($3.1 billion) and (3)Israel ($3 billion) have more aid requested for them.."

faithson
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faithson 02/13/12 - 09:08 am
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pray tell alhan, what is

pray tell alhan, what is exactly going to come through this 'proverbial' back door, that we need isreal for... oh yea, that Marxist, Leninist, community organizing 'inigma' clawing away at America's heart. There is no boogyman at the back door, get over it... Following israel's fundamental conservative religious government to war is ludicrous !!

TParty
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TParty 02/13/12 - 09:29 am
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I saw a headline from

I saw a headline from TheOnion that said "Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon"

We have all the GOP contenders except Ron Paul saying bombing Iran would be great. Remember McCain singing "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran".

Go look at a map of all the US bases surrounding Iran.

This is a video on youtube, just under 10 minutes long. It's titled "History of U.S. Intervention in Iran - 1953 Until Present"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WVtpao0KSM

Maybe those who watch it will see the oppression and influence we have had on Iran- and maybe it might change their minds about going to war and try something new. Maybe....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/13/12 - 09:52 am
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It needs to be said every now

It needs to be said every now and then. Iran is a sovereign nation. It should be allowed to be able to deliver nuclear weapons if it wants to. If Pakistan can have nuclear weapons, Iran should be able to.

TNTHOMSON
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TNTHOMSON 02/13/12 - 09:54 am
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The Left promote nothing

The Left promote nothing short of apologies, denial and collaboration with anyone who wants to bring down America or Israel.

IMO if and when Iran or North Korea manage to hand off a nuke for use against American or Israeli interests the 'Vichy Left' will demand a social justice holiday and in turn somehow blame the Republicans.

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harley_52 02/13/12 - 09:59 am
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Iran will get the war it

Iran will get the war it seeks one way or the other. Iran sees war with Israel (a cancerous tumor) and the United States (the great satan) as a necessary precursor to the coming of the 12th Imam and the new caliphate. They welcome the war. They await it anxiously and will insist on it. It does no good to talk about peace, nor any good to criticize the U.S. for "war mongering," the U.S. is not driving the train here, though we should be.

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freeradical 02/13/12 - 10:00 am
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There are more Jews in

There are more Jews in america than the nation Israel.

There are more Jews in america than in all the nations of the world

+ Israel combined.

Thinking that a vanquished Israel would be of no

direct concequence for us is a fools folly.

The spiritual nature of the seething rage and hate for the jews will then

be directed with even more fervent purpose to the place where the

greatest concentration of jews exists.

Of course it must be this way.

Because by that time we will be more than willing to agree to a " Final

global solution " concerning the Jews.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/13/12 - 10:10 am
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TNTHOMSON...You've got it

TNTHOMSON...You've got it right.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 10:16 am
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Little Lamb: “It needs to be

Little Lamb: “It needs to be said every now and then. Iran is a sovereign nation. It should be allowed to be able to deliver nuclear weapons if it wants to.”

I assume you did not mean DELIVER; that said, Iran is not allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. However, they can leave the treaty with 90 days’ notice. They will get their bomb then withdraw from the treaty. Their bomb will be the size of a house and in the near term their best chance at delivering it to a target will be to call Acme Moving & Storage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Non-Proliferation_Treaty#Leaving_th...

harley_52
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harley_52 02/13/12 - 10:21 am
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bjphysics, you're thinking

bjphysics, you're thinking Iran is compliant with their treaty obligations and will remain so?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 10:29 am
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harley_52: “…you're thinking

harley_52: “…you're thinking Iran is compliant with their treaty obligations and will remain so?”

Who thinks they are compliant now? Not me.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/13/12 - 10:29 am
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If a shooting war does break

If a shooting war does break out between Israel and Iran, Iran will attempt to close the shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz. Right or wrong, we will get involved. If for nothing else, to protect the flow of oil. Too bad we don't already have the Canadian pipeline, another from ANWR, and more platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe we wouldn't be so willing to go to war in the middle east if we had not allowed the greenie weenies to force us to be dependent on the most unstable area of the world.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 10:32 am
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There’s a reason agents of

There’s a reason agents of nameless powers are attaching briefcase bombs to Iranian nuclear physicists vehicle’s and it’s not to make them go faster.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/13/12 - 10:39 am
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A "shooting war" with Iran is

A "shooting war" with Iran is inevitable. The last chance to avoid one was about two years ago when their was a civil uprising against the Ayatollahs and we decided not to support the rebels and stood by while they were "put down."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/13/12 - 10:39 am
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Yes, Iran should exit the

Yes, Iran should exit the treaty if they want to develop a nuclear weapon. And there is no point of having a nuclear weapon if you cannot deliver it to a target.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 10:40 am
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How does Iran attack Israel

How does Iran attack Israel with any effectiveness? How do they get their air support to the battlefield? How do they get their troops to Israel or even nearby?

harley_52
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harley_52 02/13/12 - 10:55 am
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Well, I think they attack

Well, I think they attack Israel with whatever missile capability they can muster and use before they are destroyed. I think the direct attacks on Israel will come from Hamas and Hezbollah in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. Iran's ground forces will invade Iraq and perhaps other neighboring countries in an effort to broaden the war and draw the U.S. deeper into the war than we might already be.

I don't know the status of their nukes, but if they can figure out how to use one, they will. I suspect they also have naval elements we don't know about and they'll use them wherever they can.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/13/12 - 10:59 am
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Also, I think they will

Also, I think they will launch hundreds of terrorist attacks here in the U.S. I think they'll blow up shopping malls, public buildings, bridges, dams, and they may even start hitting school buses with IEDs. They may use chemical/biological WMDs against our food or water supplies and they may attack our power grid. I think a lot of their capability has been invading through our Southern border right along with the other illegal immigrants.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 11:05 am
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Sounds like a real stretch

Sounds like a real stretch there; requires the cooperation and coordination of many governments. Do you have any evidence they would receive that? What keeps Israel from nuking them all?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/13/12 - 11:15 am
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Do you have ANY facts to

Do you have ANY facts to support this apocalyptic vision of an all-out Iranian attack?

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