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
    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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  • Mungu MadAsHEck 2012/03/22 19:48:46
    ok you want to be serious, I will be less of a troll.

    Yes indeed, much of Islam was spread by the sword, but so was Christianity. And besides like I said before, all that drama is on the other side of the Atlantic, we should just let them be, not worth our trouble, what ever happened to the Monroe doctrine, it really was a good idea. Only do trade and stop trying to control everyone. Let them fight themselves if they want.. It can only spread so far. A militant Caliphate would have to deal with Russia, China and India first.

    For the record in regards to Constantinople, the Turks would have conquered it with or without Islam. The Turks first conquered Islam from Arabs, then they used it to conquer the whole of eastern and southern Mediterranean
  • MadAsHEck Mungu 2012/03/23 00:37:28 (edited)
    Again that "Drama" is not on the other side of the Atlantic. It's in our backyard. And moving closer all the time. I'm sure you will discount the Messenger, and as well ignore the fact that it is even a possibility.


    Janet Napoliotano last week said pretty much what this article said, and followed it up with a statement that it has not been totally proven to be a threat. So not to worry.

    But like our government continues to think, the American People cannot handle the truth.
  • cupcakes 2012/03/13 15:00:14
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    omg please dont do anything stupid
  • Woody 2012/03/13 14:45:20
    Wait for the sanctions to be activated in the summer as planned
    They already have them...
  • Bingo's... Woody 2012/03/13 15:34:05
    Bingo's Faddah
  • MadAsHEck Woody 2012/03/13 19:16:37
    Actually General Jerry Boykin stated that in an interview last week. That they do indeed have them, and are now in the process of finally fitting them to Tactical sized Missiles. Which they will use.

    Perhaps that is the "Great Event" that would show the world the "Power of Allah" that Khameni spoke of a short time ago.

    In his remarks, Khamenei advised the youths to remain vigilant, stating that the Islamic awakening in the region has delivered several blows to the enemies of Islam and that all Muslims, despite their own historical and social differences, remain united in opposing the “evil hegemony of the Zionists and the Americans.”

    Khamenei then claimed the current century as the century of Islam and promised that human history is on the verge of a great event and that soon the world will realize the power of Allah.

    Many clerics in Iran have stated that Khamenei is the deputy of the last Islamic messiah on earth and that obedience to him is necessary for the final glorification of Islam.

    Khamenei has been heard to say that the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, is near and that specific actions need to be taken to protect the Islamic regime for upcoming events.
  • Woody MadAsHEck 2012/03/13 22:20:05
    China sold them ICBM's...

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