The Iranian Missile Test
While most of Our Readers Who Comment this morning are decrying the sad state of the Washington Redskins, the other story drawing significant comments is Iran's announcement that it has test-fired at least two short-range missiles.
As Walter Pincus and Karen DeYoung write, this comes at a time when "Obama administration officials said they had the international support necessary to impose crippling sanctions if Tehran does not stop construction on a new uranium-enrichment plant and allow immediate inspections."
The combination of Iranian missiles and nukes has set off a sometimes disturbing debate among our readers, with several comments suggesting U.S. concerns about Iran are really about supporting Israel and asking why we should do that. Several also express concerns that the Obama Administration's response will be nothing but talk.
We'll start with MaximilianX, who wrote, "...The U.N. has a huge discussion on the fact that Iran is developing weapons- nuclear in particular and weapons just in general... and Iran's response is to fire more missiles? Am I the only one who believes this behavior is a lot like that of a spoiled child? Of course, the question here, then, is who the parent is supposed to be?..."
islandmon said, "The US and Israel are just upset that Iran was able to build a facility that will be very hard to destroy whether it is legal or not. Israel want to set Middle east policy and a strong Iran doesn't fit their plans. The US is afraid to challenge Israel as edvidenced by Israel putting the US in their place concerning settlements so it will go along with whatever Israel decides..."
rbe1 wrote, "So now firing missiles as part of testing is proscribed by the United States of Israel ? Did the missiles cross Iran's borders ? With a bellicose Israel in the region, just itching to get us all involved in yet another war, if I were the Iranians, I'd be testing everything I could."
apple2346 wrote, "The American people are sick of being used as patsies for Israel's paranoia. The U.S. came out against the Iranian nuke program probably because Bibi promised Obama he'd stop building "settlements" in the Occupied Territories. Don't hold your breath, Mr. President. The Iranians are testing their short range missle because they know that Israel is going to bomb their nuke facilities and wants to defend itself..."
And kogejoe said, "...The REAL reason the US and Israel don't want Iran to get the a-bomb is quite simple; it's hard to attack a country with the deference of nuclear power. A country in the Middle East with nukes (aside from good ol' Isreal of course...) would be the only thing standing in the way between the US/Israel and total dominance..."
beebop1 wrote, "Yikes. You would think that all of the world's problems can be laid at the feet of the Jews. Some of you people need to get a grip."
ziggyzap argued that "...Last time I looked, Iran had the right to test-fire missiles, just as the USA, Britain, France and other nations do. So what's the problem and why is this making headlines?... it's just another step in the course of deliberately tarring Iran with a brush when Iran has done nothing illegal. It's another WMD in Iraq scheme - make Iran look like it's doing something illegal and dangerous, even when there's not a shred of evidence to support it..."
thebobbob said, "Iran should understand that nuclear armed missiles in the hands of religious fanatics with a tenuous grip on reality (holocaust-denial) will not be accepted by The West. They may argue, they may prevaricate but the second they think that Iran is prepared to use these weapons, Mesopotamia vanishes. Bet on it."
But kshutur said, "Mesopotamia is not Iran! Mesopotamia used to be Iraq and thanks to the "insert various names here," it is vanished. secondly, US spends 1 trillion dollars on its military. How much does Iran spend?" [Parts of Iran are considered to be in Mesopotamia.]
And wturecki added, "the bobbob has not, apparently, drowned in the apple barrel yet. there's been a vigil."
gardeo said, "They know the west will negotiate and delay action and then when they get a full fledged weapon Hilary and Obama will have delayed too long and will have to try a new approach. Leave it to the Jews they will take care of the little dictator."
Tarheelz1 asked, "Now what? More 'meaningful dialogue'???"
vaman1 wrote, "NO, there is no global support. China is not going to support it and Russia has a strategic agreement that both China and Russia go along together. It means neither Russia nor China will support it. They want to play with President Obama..."
chawsheen said, "What a shame! U.S. has a long-run national interest with Iran. At the end of the day you shall see the same corporate media hailing the friendly and close realtions with the present system in Iran. What is, then, lacking? Just U.S. recognize the rightful status of Iran as a regional power..."
Realist20 wrote, "Iran is giving Obama the same treatment they gave Jimmy Carter. They know Barry won't do anything, so they do as they wish and continue building a Nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, Barack will work on a very harshly worded statement and wonder later why it didn't stop Iran in their tracks..."
We'll close with the wishful thinking but amusing suggestion of jato11, who wrote, "It's time to rent: 'The Mouse that Roared.', " a fabulous Peter Sellers movie.
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