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How should the U.S. prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?

RadicalIslam.org 2012/03/13 14:42:58
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Although the European Union has been getting a lot of press of late for standing up to Iran by imposing to an “unprecedented” set of sanctions against Iran – banning importation of Iranian oil to its member states while also imposing currency and commodity sanctions on Iran’s central bank – a closer look at the sanctions show they lack real teeth.

The ban is not scheduled to take effect until July 1, which gives EU nations time to replace the oil imported from Iran and the Iranians plenty of time to find other buyers for their oil. In addition, Europe has already backtracked from the sanctions, releasing a statement saying that if Iran would be willing to negotiate its nuclear policy, the sanctions will be lifted.

Not a chance. For their part, the official Fars News Agency quoted one Iranian official who suggested that Tehran should halt sales to Europe now “so that the price of oil soars and the Europeans … have trouble.”

(The Iranians have also once again threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, but most analysts see that as a bluff since Iran would have to stand up to the U.S. Navy, whose aircraft carrier was recently allowed into the Strait without protest from Iran.)

As Front Page Magazine reports, “Thus, another round of sanctions against Iran, designed to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table in order to convince the regime to halt its uranium enrichment program, continues to reveal the paralysis of the world community in the face of a determined, radical, terrorist state that is undeterred in its drive to possess the ultimate guarantee against mocking the prophet.”

The magazine also reports that there have been 4 rounds of sanctions against Iran passed by the United Nations, each severely ineffective. In December 2006, the Security Council banned the sale of nuclear related materials and froze the assets of some regime officials. In March 2007, the UN expanded the asset freeze and slapped an arms embargo on Iran. In March of 2008, the asset freeze was extended again, and member states were authorized to monitor ships and planes headed for Iran as well as individuals involved in the nuclear program.

The last round of international sanctions passed in June of 2010, froze the funds of individuals and businesses connected to the Revolutionary Guards and went after the financial sector of the Iranian economy.

In addition to international sanctions, about a dozen individual states — including the US, the EU, Japan, and Australia — have added their own national sanctions on everything from penalizing companies that do business with Iran to preventing the sale of oil and gas equipment to replace Tehran’s aging oil infrastructure.

Yet during the time that the sanctions have been in place, the Iranians have installed 5,000 working centrifuges at their main enrichment facility in Nantanz that is busy enriching hundreds of pounds of uranium; completed construction of the reactor at Bushehr and made it operational; constructed at least one and probably more smaller enrichment facilities such as the one built into a mountain outside of Qom; and, according to the nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, are rapidly developing the technical capability to marry a nuclear bomb to their missiles.


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  • branrules101 2012/03/13 19:03:11
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    branrules101
    +12
    To the people who said we should use military force: shame on you! Iran has no airforce, so it's not like they can come over here and nuke us. We have more than 8,000 and we're worried about them getting just 1?!?!? Even Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons! Iran is zero threat!! ZERO! Do you just want to keep putting our troops in harm's way for NO good reason??? What is wrong with you? Do you have no respect for our troops? They are there to defend US and OUR liberties! That's all! Not to be the policemen of the world!

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  • maduro1965 3 days ago
    Use military force
    maduro1965
    Send secret agents for spionage and sabotage.
  • Wayne 2012/10/16 16:58:22
    Apply sanctions now
    Wayne
    Whether I made the right choice or not isn't going to change the outcome for or against Iran. I'm a Christian and I do believe everything is well under control by God Himself. I don't know how I'd do it if I were in charge, but I think I'd look more to the bible for guidance and get a lot of advisement from many sources before striking Iran. From Scripture it looks to me like I'm going to be gone when this all starts up anyway....in the rapture of the church. God is in control of this whole mid-east thing and my book tells me that Israel wins. So what I have to say is of little relevance anyway.
  • 69waldo 2012/09/20 22:07:02
    Use military force
    69waldo
    look its going happen anyway they hate us all. I would rather blow them back beyound the stone age now. then wait for them to come here and kill our love ones with a nuke. how many more 911s do we want to take. sorry if this hurts anyones feelings but they will be back unless we stop them dead in there tracks yesterday would be fine by me
  • John Kimball 2012/04/03 07:12:36
    Use military force
    John Kimball
    i hate muslims anyway so fuc "em right where they breathe
  • John Ki... John Ki... 2012/04/03 07:15:46
    John Kimball
    +3
    ooh yea kic the UN out of America too they are a NWO pawn
  • cuzzbuzzla 2012/03/31 23:44:33
    Use military force
    cuzzbuzzla
    but not an invasion. covert. the same type of action that knocked out their super computer a year ago. just make things continue to "go wrong".
  • Cedric 2012/03/23 17:05:22
    Use military force
    Cedric
    I had to put an opinion to vote so really this is not what I wanted to vote for. Instead I'd say NONE OF OUR BUSINESS THIS IS THE US JOB LET THEM THINK!!! :@:@:@:@ :D
  • Shaheen 2012/03/23 12:53:19
  • John Ki... Shaheen 2012/04/10 14:37:04
  • robbt1 2012/03/22 20:13:16
    Apply sanctions now
    robbt1
    +1
    The sooner we apply the sanctions, the better.
  • MadamAqua2100 2012/03/22 10:18:31
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    MadamAqua2100
    Wait as planed for it
  • Anonymous 2012/03/18 05:30:42
    Use military force
    Anonymous
    Own their faces in!
  • Saye Saye 2012/03/17 13:17:07
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    Saye Saye
    USA needs to stay out of it & let the United Nations deal with this bunch.
  • psiEnergos 2012/03/17 09:13:00
    Use military force
    psiEnergos
    Sanctions are a complete waste of time and only give them the time they need to finish the project. Everyone here talks about going to war, balderdash. You make tactical strikes and destroy the threats (much like Clinton did to the Al Shifa pharmaceutical factory in 1998 in Sudan when it was suspected of processing nerve agents for al Qaeda, and in retaliation for several embassy bombings too, but the first is in context). Then you are done. If Iran is foolish enough to declare war on the US, when they were repeated warned recognize the state of Israel and stop their own war propaganda against her, so be it. The US did a great many missteps (to be fair, injustices) to Iran it installed the Shah into power and destroyed the budding democracy that had started there, but there is only so long one can put up with BS when you're talking about a weapon that only requires one shot, in the hands of religious lunatics.
  • bob 2012/03/16 14:01:20
    Use military force
    bob
    +1
    It really doesn't matter what we do Israel is going to strike the Iranian Nuclear site and they will do it soon They have no Choice and they Know The Anti Christian will do Nothing and they cannot wait and when they do, The Third World War will begin.
  • Andrew 2012/03/16 05:11:32
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    Andrew
    This sounds like the smartest idea.
  • riptide115 2012/03/16 04:37:30
  • Anonymous riptide115 2012/03/18 05:31:41
    Anonymous
    That is the most retarded idea ever.
  • Libertys Martyr 2012/03/15 19:21:10
  • glen 2012/03/15 16:05:47
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    glen
    +1
    leave them to it, at the end of the day both our nations have nukes...and i dont recall anyone telling our goverments to stop...if the iranians start fecking about then let the other arab nations sort them out, at the end of it our tow nations are hardly welcome in any muslim state so why bother causing more aggro for ourselves...let the camel shaggers sort out the other camel shagger..feck i been banned from driving so i dont need their oil anyway..lol..put the sanctions in place and they satart to threaten then like i said let the arab league sort it along with isreal..obviously..
  • mennosdad 2012/03/15 15:40:51
    Apply sanctions now
    mennosdad
    And if sanctions don't work, Be ready with missiles to shoot down whatever they launch. Then Nuke the bastards.
  • panjok2 2012/03/15 06:27:11 (edited)
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    panjok2
    +2
    We shouldn't be telling other nations what to do! Iran is no threat to the US so until they do become one we should stay out of it period! Israel and the other nations in that area can take care of Iran! We do not need to be involved unless Iran becomes a direct threat to us! Iran is not so stupid as to use a nuclear weapon anyways! The real reason we are seeing all this propaganda over Iran building a nuke is over a pipeline and our big oil tycoons are the ones putting out all the propaganda! People wake up....this is just like Iraq and they are pulling the crap again! Iran won't give them what they want and that s why our military industrial complex is pushing a war against Iran! They want to take those in power out so they can place the guys that will do as our US government wants them to do!




  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/03/15 00:50:04
    Apply sanctions now
    Swampdog PWCM
    Have the US declare war on Iran, then subcontract it out to the Israelis! They don't screw around!
  • Brian Ryman 2012/03/14 21:23:17
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    Brian Ryman
    +2
    I actually think that none of the answers is appropriate. Sanctions have a very bad record of working, or even ending without armed conflict. We need to discourage Iran from developing nuclear weapons by stop serving as a threat to them and legitimizing the seemingly irrational behavior of their leadership.
  • panjok2 Brian R... 2012/03/15 06:43:22
    panjok2
    I agree with you! Watch the video I posted with my first response and then watch this video I am sharing with you! They both show the real reason why our US government is wanting a war with Iran!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • P. Sturm 2012/03/14 19:33:39
    Apply sanctions now
    P. Sturm
    Apply stronger sanctions with teeth and if they want to get tough with us, I believe the weather forecasts for Q'um were 10,000 degrees and hazy.
  • Brian R... P. Sturm 2012/04/03 17:17:12
    Brian Ryman
    +1
    Please give me a historical example of when sanctions actually had the desired effects. I can think of none unless the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children was the intended outcome of our sanctions against that country.
  • P. Sturm Brian R... 2012/04/04 05:29:53 (edited)
    P. Sturm
    The prohibition of selling petroleum or it's products to the Japanese after they invaded China had the exact effect desired. In fact it was so damned effective they declared war on us bombed our fleet in Pearl Harbor to remove the instruments of blockade we used to enforce the sanctions.
    Do you mean the children they hang for wearing western clothing, or listening to classical music, or not wearing a veil, or being gay. Are those the children you mean.

    Between those religious fanatics and some of the ones in our country; there are some days that I am too ashamed, to claim any human lineage.
  • Stoner 2012/03/14 16:41:31
    Use military force
    Stoner
    They are like a kid tell hem no that makes them more determined to get them...I got ...Make them scared of what America will do to them !!!Sanctions hurt the people trying to enforce them more than the people they are they are meant for!!!
  • Brian R... Stoner 2012/04/03 17:22:32
    Brian Ryman
    +1
    Why should we be in a constant state of war? What threat is it to us that the Iranians have nuclear power (Remember: There is less proof that the Iranians are making nuclear weapons than there was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and states that they want to use nuclear technology for energy, not weapons. This would make sense since the current sanctions against them restrict their importation of refined oil and they don't have adequate refining capacity to heat their homes.
    STOP beating the drums of war!
  • joe ramirez 2012/03/14 16:19:09
    Use military force
    joe ramirez
    With this president he will apply sanctions and deplomacy which have not and will not work with terrorrist! He will do nothing and of course Israel will defend itself and rightly so.
  • panjok2 joe ram... 2012/03/15 06:49:02
    panjok2
    +1
    This all is propaganda! Watch the video's I posted with my answer and then watch this one! People need to wake up and see that it is not like they say it is! Why do people say they don't trust the media but when it comes to Iran or Ron Paul they seem to believe every word the mainstream media says! This is just like Iraq, Libya,Afghanistan.etc...they want to take out the leaders (who won't go along with what thy want) and replace them with guys who will play ball!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • Brian R... joe ram... 2012/04/03 17:23:53
    Brian Ryman
    Why should we be in a constant state of war? What threat is it to us that the Iranians have nuclear power (Remember: There is less proof that the Iranians are making nuclear weapons than there was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and states that they want to use nuclear technology for energy, not weapons. This would make sense since the current sanctions against them restrict their importation of refined oil and they don't have adequate refining capacity to heat their homes.
    STOP beating the drums of war!
  • PurdyGirl 2012/03/14 16:09:29
    Use military force
    PurdyGirl
    Regardless of when the sanction are set up, it will only slow them down, not stop them from doing what it is they're already doing.
  • Brian R... PurdyGirl 2012/04/03 17:24:19
    Brian Ryman
    +1
    Why should we be in a constant state of war? What threat is it to us that the Iranians have nuclear power (Remember: There is less proof that the Iranians are making nuclear weapons than there was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and states that they want to use nuclear technology for energy, not weapons. This would make sense since the current sanctions against them restrict their importation of refined oil and they don't have adequate refining capacity to heat their homes.
    STOP beating the drums of war! (Read a book instead)
  • Jackal 2012/03/14 10:58:22
    Apply sanctions now
    Jackal
    +1
    United States should stop with the Culture Imperialism...
  • All American 2012/03/14 09:35:51
    Apply sanctions now
    All American
    Sanctions will only slow them down and military action would unleash an unholy mess. I don't know if you really can stop them unless you have a coalition of the willing to invade. Look at North Korea.
  • Blaine Clark 2012/03/14 09:03:56
    Use military force
    Blaine Clark
    Sanctions would only slow them down, like the Stuxnet virus that scrambled the turbos on their reactors. So Iran has no air force ... they don't need an air force to deliver nukes to their targets. Diplomacy works only with logical people who will cooperate. The Iranians will not cooperate and they are not logical. They have sworn to destroy their enemies and they have named the US among their enemies. That gives us no choice.
  • Dzeeng 2012/03/14 06:51:35
    Use military force
    Dzeeng
    until they bombed us
  • Brian R... Dzeeng 2012/04/03 17:24:43
    Brian Ryman
    Why should we be in a constant state of war? What threat is it to us that the Iranians have nuclear power (Remember: There is less proof that the Iranians are making nuclear weapons than there was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and states that they want to use nuclear technology for energy, not weapons. This would make sense since the current sanctions against them restrict their importation of refined oil and they don't have adequate refining capacity to heat their homes.
    STOP beating the drums of war!
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