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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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  • MadAsHEck Mungu 2012/03/22 18:41:58 (edited)
    MadAsHEck
    How about the History lesson of how a Caliphate came close to being established. But now I believe you are trolling. Making crap statements to instigate a response.

    Here are some quick facts…

    The first Crusade began in 1095… 460 years after the first Christian city was overrun by Muslim armies, 457 years after Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies, 453 years after Egypt was taken by Muslim armies, 443 after Muslims first plundered Italy, 427 years after Muslim armies first laid siege to the Christian capital of Constantinople, 380 years after Spain was conquered by Muslim armies, 363 years after France was first attacked by Muslim armies, 249 years after the capital of the Christian world, Rome itself, was sacked by a Muslim army, and only after centuries of church burnings, killings, enslavement and forced conversions of Christians.

    By the time the Crusades finally began, Muslim armies had conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.

    Europe had been harassed by Muslims since the first few years following Muhammad’s death. As early as 652, Muhammad’s followers launched raids on the island of Sicily, waging a full-scale occupation 200 years later that lasted almost a century and was punctuated by massacres, such as that at the town of Castrogiovanni, in which 8,000 Christian...





















    How about the History lesson of how a Caliphate came close to being established. But now I believe you are trolling. Making crap statements to instigate a response.

    Here are some quick facts…

    The first Crusade began in 1095… 460 years after the first Christian city was overrun by Muslim armies, 457 years after Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies, 453 years after Egypt was taken by Muslim armies, 443 after Muslims first plundered Italy, 427 years after Muslim armies first laid siege to the Christian capital of Constantinople, 380 years after Spain was conquered by Muslim armies, 363 years after France was first attacked by Muslim armies, 249 years after the capital of the Christian world, Rome itself, was sacked by a Muslim army, and only after centuries of church burnings, killings, enslavement and forced conversions of Christians.

    By the time the Crusades finally began, Muslim armies had conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.

    Europe had been harassed by Muslims since the first few years following Muhammad’s death. As early as 652, Muhammad’s followers launched raids on the island of Sicily, waging a full-scale occupation 200 years later that lasted almost a century and was punctuated by massacres, such as that at the town of Castrogiovanni, in which 8,000 Christians were put to death. In 1084, ten years before the first crusade, Muslims staged another devastating Sicilian raid, burning churches in Reggio, enslaving monks and raping an abbey of nuns before carrying them into captivity.

    In 1095, Byzantine Emperor, Alexius I Comneus began begging the pope in Rome for help in turning back the Muslim armies which were overrunning what is now Turkey, grabbing property as they went and turning churches into mosques. Several hundred thousand Christians had been killed in Anatolia alone in the decades following 1050 by Seljuk invaders interested in 'converting' the survivors to Islam.

    Not only were Christians losing their lives in their own lands to the Muslim advance but pilgrims to the Holy Land from other parts of Europe were being harassed, kidnapped, molested, forcibly converted to Islam and occasionally murdered. (Compare this to Islam’s justification for slaughter on the basis of Muslims being denied access to the Meccan pilgrimage in Muhammad’s time).

    The Crusaders only invaded lands that were Christian. They did not attack Saudi Arabia (other than a half-hearted expedition by a minor figure) or sack Mecca as the Muslims had done (and continued doing) to Italy and Constantinople. Their primary goal was the recapture of Jerusalem and the security of safe passage for pilgrims. The toppling of the Muslim empire was not on the agenda.

    The period of Crusader “occupation” (of its own former land) was stretched tenuously over about 170 years, which is less than the Muslim occupation of Sicily and southern Italy alone - to say nothing of Spain and other lands that had never been Islamic before falling victim to Jihad. In fact, the Arab occupation of North Africa and Middle Eastern lands outside of Arabia is almost 1400 years old.

    Despite popular depiction, the Crusades were not a titanic battle between Christianity and Islam. Although originally dispatched by papal decree, the "occupiers" quickly became part of the political and economic fabric of the Middle East without much regard for religious differences. Their arrival was largely accepted by the local population as simply another change in authority. Muslim radicals even lamented the fact that many of their co-religionists preferred to live under Frankish (Christian) rule than migrate to Muslim lands.

    The Islamic world was split into warring factions, many of which allied themselves with the Frankish princes against each other at one time or another. This even included Saladin, the Kurdish warrior who is credited with eventually ousting the "Crusaders." Contrary to recent propaganda, however, Saladin had little interest in holy war until a rogue Frankish prince began disrupting his trade routes. Both before and after the taking of Jerusalem, his armies spent far more time and resources battling fellow Muslims.

    For its part, the Byzantine (Eastern Christian) Empire preferred to have little to do with the Crusader kingdoms and went so far as to sign treaties with their Muslim rivals on occasion.

    Another misconception is that the Crusader era was a time of constant war. In fact, very little of this overall period included significant hostilities. In response to Muslim expansion or aggression, there were only about 20 years of actual military campaigning, much of which was spent on organization and travel. (They were from 1098-1099, 1146-1148, 1188-1192, 1201-1204, 1218-1221, 1228-1229, and 1248-1250). By comparison, the Muslim Jihad against the island of Sicily alone lasted 75 grinding years.

    Ironically, the Crusades are justified by the Quran itself, which encourages Holy War in order to "drive them out of the places from whence they drove you out" (2:191), even though the aim wasn't to expel Muslims from the Middle East, but more to bring an end to the molestation of pilgrims. Holy war is not justified by New Testament teachings, which is why the Crusades are an anomaly, the brief interruption of centuries of relentless Jihad against Christianity that began long before and continued well after.

    The greatest crime of the Crusaders was the sacking of Jerusalem, in which at least 3,000 people were said to have been massacred. This number is dwarfed by the number of Jihad victims, from India to Constantinople, Africa and Narbonne, but Muslims have never apologized for their crimes and never will.

    What is called 'sin and excess' by other religions, is what Islam refers to as duty willed by Allah.
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  • Mungu MadAsHEck 2012/03/22 19:48:46
    Mungu
    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)
    MadAsHEck
    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.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-m...

    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
    cupcakes
    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
    Woody
    +1
    They already have them...
  • Bingo's... Woody 2012/03/13 15:34:05
    Bingo's Faddah
    Probably.
  • MadAsHEck Woody 2012/03/13 19:16:37
    MadAsHEck
    +1
    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
    Woody
    China sold them ICBM's...

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