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Front Page: Iranians Clash as Ahmadinejad Denies Holocaust

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust yet again today during a speech on the country's pro-Palestinian holiday. Iranians opposed to his government also demonstrated. — New York Times
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Spacekatdude Spacekatdude 7 years
Or rather, UnDave35.
Spacekatdude Spacekatdude 7 years
Yes, Diamond, they've sold the technology to various people that mean to do us harm - but those people aren't (prolly) going to be launching their new warheads from cruise missiles. Missiles are very finicky, complex, and enormously challenging and expensive to maintain. They'd be more likely to bomb us - if they chose to - with a warhead (or its radioactive components) secreted into the U.S. and then packed into the back of a delivery truck. The missile shield only helps, unfortunately, against missiles, not against vans. Also, missiles, warheards, etc. have corrosive components - peroxides used as fuel, for example. If you don't use a missile, its components degrade (how reliable, f'rinstance, is a Dell computer from 1985?). Literally, you need to use it or lose it. So a lot of the missiles stolen/sold/secreted from the old Soviet Union just won't work anymore. The nuclear material, though, would still be hot enough for a dirty bomb.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"The missile defense program was awesome in the 1980's, but we don't need it now. Nor does Europe." Right, becuase the only country that had nuclear weapons is no longer a threat. Nevermind that they've sold that technology to countries that want to see the "western" way of life obliterated, and don't mind dying to achieve that.
Spacekatdude Spacekatdude 7 years
Agree with you, urban chic, that Obama stopping the missile defense shield is a big deal. But... I don't think the shield ("Star Wars" project) could ever have achieved it's stated purpose - though it did great in achieving its intended purpose. Basically, it's an engineering nightmare to shoot down one missile with another missile. It's been compared to hitting one bullet with another bullet - but you were standing with her gun in Iowa and the guy firing the other gun was really far away (say, Hawaii), and you'd gotten woken up in the middle of the night to fire your gun - and his bullet is going at 15,000 mph (literally), and you have fifteen minutes to aim your gun and shoot your bullet. Oh, and also he has several other thousand friends who have also fired bullets at the same time. Every test they did in the U.S. of the missile defense project failed. And that was when our military was firing our own target missiles - so we knew the exact launch time and location, speed, trajectory, everything - and we still couldn't shoot them down. But I don't think the program needed to succeed technically in order to succeed - if you judge success by "beating the Russkies." What the Star Wars program did - brilliantly, I think - was scare the heck out of the Soviets. They were already in a financial squeeze trying to keep up with our missiles (I'm talking about the 1980's, the Reagan era) - not just in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Plus we had asked the Saudis to open their oil spigots - so that oil (Russia's main export at the time) was not worth so much anymore. The cash crunch and the Soviets' inability to keep up with us in the arms race really contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union. And the Star Wars program sure helped, too. But... that was then and this is now. Our main security threat isn't the Soviet Union of anyone less likely to lob nuclear missiles by the hundreds and thousands at us - it's crazy individuals with bombs strapped to their chests. The missile defense program was awesome in the 1980's, but we don't need it now. Nor does Europe.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
What President Obama stopping the work on the missile defense shield is not as important as Michelle Obama pushing for the Olympics? um ok... talk about priorities.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
michlny, perhaps that's it -- he's such a small-minded person that he truly can't fathom the horror that was the Holocaust, so he simple chooses to not let it enter his brain.
michlny michlny 7 years
Ahmadinejad is an A$$. As the granddaughter of 4 Holocaust survivors, I can assure him the Holocaust did, in fact, happen. Perhaps it is unfathomable that such an atrocity occurred.....but, it did.
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