ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ How does getting rid of our weapons get rid of their weapons? Are you saying that you believe if we disarm then someone like the current Iranian president would follow suit? I don't see the cause and effect relationship here....
If Iran did not feel threatened by other nations, what need would they have for nuclear weapons?
"...Despite these worrisome concerns, there are many reasons to counteract this drift toward more violence in the Middle East.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ First, the Iranian threat is remote; according to most predictions, should Tehran decide to go nuclear, it would not have weapons before 2008 at the earliest.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ Second, the United States, and even Israel, will continue to have such overwhelming military superiority as to dissuade Iran from aggressive action unless its leaders are ready to commit national suicide.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ Third, unlike Iraq in 1981, Iran's multiple nuclear facilities are geographically dispersed and much better defended, with many of them located in underground bunkers, making their destruction, especially by Israel acting alone, far more difficult.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ Fourth, Iran has the means to launch a devastating retaliation with conventional weapons, including its Shahab-3 missiles, which can reach targets in Israel with reasonable accuracy. And Iran has other military options, including intervention on the Shiite side in Iraq, which could turn the disastrous US occupation there into a worse nightmare, with skyrocketing casualties. Iran could also vastly increase its support to Islamist resistance forces in the Palestinian territories and to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ Fifth, as the world's fourth-largest oil producer, Iran could plunge the world into an immediate deep recession by embargoing its oil if it is attacked, or if an attack appears imminent.
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§ Sixth, an Israeli or US attack on Iran would almost certainly strengthen Islamist tendencies throughout the region as well as put intense pressure on Arab governments to react much more strongly against the United States and Israel. And heightened threats against Iran would only strengthen the hard-liners there. By all accounts, Iranians--even those who detest the mullahs--overwhelmingly support their country's nuclear ambitions."http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060213/falk