Originally Posted by Apple ][
I am conservative in some areas, but I'm also pretty liberal in others. For example, I fully support marijuana legalization. Let's bring in the tax dollars and quit going after people for a mild drug that is safer than alcohol.
But what about protecting the profits of the largely private prison industry that capitalizes handsomely on criminalizing (mostly minority or working class white) youth?
I'm not suggesting to nuke people as a first resort. I only see that as a possible option, if Iran were to somehow use their own nuclear weapons against the west, as a dirty bomb or something similar.
What is your proof that Iran has nuclear weapons? Fox News? AIPAC?
I do believe that a country like Iran, with the leadership that they have, would be very likely to actually resort to nuclear terrorism.
There is only one nation that has resorted to such. Japan 1945 (twice), possibly Basra area 1991, most likely Afghanistan 2001 (low yield nuclear bunker busters) and Iraq and Afghanistan 2003-present ("depleted" uranium munitions).
And if they did, then it would be game over for them.
And thats exactly why they, or any other nation, won't. Ever heard of the notion of "nuclear deterrent"? If Iran has designs on nuclear weapons, then who would blame them? It's their best chance of preventing being attacked by Israel, which has nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, is prepared to use them, and has an iron grip on US mideast policy.
I believe that it is appropriate to be respond in kind, only much, much worse.
FYI.. nuclear radiation and fallout is blind to national boundaries. A full scale nuclear attack on Iran would at the very least, endanger US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the brass in the Pentagon are not concerned on that front - there's always a steady stream of naive kids enlisting -, there would likely be an outcry from military families at home...in other words, a PR nightmare. Not only that, but a first strike nuclear attack on a foreign nation (which never attacked anyone, and hasn't in 250 years btw), and would place every American abroad at risk.
In other words, nuking Iran, or anywhere, would be an incredibly stupid move.. and would backfire 100 fold.
The same goes for North Korea, if their bat shit crazy leader ever did get any funny ideas and they cross the line of no return.
Whatever. Save all that testosterone for a saturday night.