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Are You Worried About Iran?

Iran has more nuclear material than the international community thought. In fact, the United Nations acknowledged yesterday that Iran has enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb.

If Iran does intend on building a bomb, which it denies, it still has a way to go. UN officials point out that the Islamic republic would have to modify its plant to produce high enriched uranium, instead of low enriched uranium, something that would cause a lot of attention, and take months.

Considering the UN admits that it previously underestimated Iran's stockpiles, who knows how accurate this report is. Regardless, I hope the Obama administration will take this revelation under consideration as it finalizes its policy on Iran.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Ummm, I've listened to the Iranian representatives speaches.
Pegona Pegona 8 years
UnDave, where have you acquired your unique insights into the psyche of the Iranian people and their government?
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
The history of Palestine in about 1500 words: The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by Arabs as a separate nation. From the time the Assyrians destroyed the Kingdom of Israel, about 720 BC, that territory has been under foreign rule of one kind or another, Persian rule, then Hellenestic, followed by Hasmonean dynasty (an independent Jewish Kingdom(140 BC – 37 BC), then the Romans, followed by Byzantine ( Eastern Roman Rule, Christian), followed by the Islamic period, the fall of Jerusalem and Constantinople, and then in came under the control of the Caliph in Byzantium (In 638 CE, the Caliph signed an agreement that stipulated the rights and obligations of all non-Muslims in Palestine. Jews were permitted to return to Palestine for the first time since the 500-year ban enacted by the Romans and maintained by Byzantine rulers), then in 1099 came the crusaders, followed by the Mamluk in 1270, putting the area under the rule of the Sultanate of Egypt, until 1516, when the Ottoman empire took over, Under the Ottomans the place name of Palestine disappeared from the scene, becoming a part of the province of Damascus-Syria. I could also add those few months in 1799 while during the siege of Acre issued a proclamation of the Jewish state of Palestine. I should also add the ten year period 1831-1841 when Egypt took control of the area. Great Britain came along with their navy and helped the Ottoman empire to take back “their land”. The Ottomans sided with the Germans in WWI, and Great Britain took over. The 20th century, we all know what happened. I guess the only time in that long period of history, 720 BC- today, that the territory of Palestine was “independent it was under Jewish rule.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Iranians are not Arabs, and there is historic antipathy, between Iranians and Arabs, by both culture and religion. Iran is a cognate of Aryan, and means "Land of the Aryans". You remember the Aryans I am sure. Hitler claimed that Northern Europeans were Aryans, Arabs on the other hand are of Semitic decent, you know, like the Jews. Now as far as religion is concerned the VAST, and I mean VAST majority of all Muslims are Sunni, while Iran, is the only Shia country in the Muslim world. There is not the “warm fuzzies” between those two groups that you seem to imagine. There are also Shia in Southern Lebanon, and it is there where Iran has spent a vast amount of money, setting up, funding, training, and basically Hammas. We do not need to go into the antipathy between Hammas and the Palestinian Authority.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
That is all genuinely interesting Grandpa and sort of clarifies what I've said a quite a few times. Iran along with many other countries in the region is pissed because we've been meddling in the Middle East and imposing our interests in the region for decades. If we don't want trouble with Iran then we should leave them the hell alone it's as simple as that. I know, too simple huh. As for Iran’s hatred of Israel honestly my panties would be in a bunch too if people that I was culturally/racially tied to were being treated as the Palestinians have been treated for decades.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
It is not what I have to say that is important, it is what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has to say. :-)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hush now everyone I think Grandpa's got something to say, lol
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
One of the largest threats against Israel today is the nation of Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that his goal would be the destruction of Israel, completely eliminating it from the face of the earth. A look back just 70 years ago will provide a detailed picture of what can happen when nations and leaders who make such statements are not taken seriously. The Holocaust suffered by the Jews during World War II cannot be repeated. It is the responsibility of the rest of the world to ensure that such actions are not permitted to take place ever again. The world needs to take Ahmadinejad at his word, and expect that if he develops nuclear weapons, that he will use them against Israel to attempt to destroy the country. Israel's nuclear weapons are a restraining force for other oppressors, keeping them at bay and preventing them from attacking the country. However, with Ahmadinejad, he is determined to get the technology to produce nuclear weapons to use on Isreal, and he is not concerned about the consequences. He doesn't care if Israel launches nuclear weapons in retaliation, all he is consumed with is getting these weapons for himself so he can act in a very irresponsible manner with them. He awaits the Hidden Iman, and believes the final battle between good and evil will happen in his lifetime. September 21, 2006 1:00 am Eastern– While most of the reporting and analysis of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the U.N. focused on what he had to say about the West and specifically the U.S., his chilling closing remarks were lost on most listeners – and apparently all reporters. The last two paragraphs of his remarks revealed his steadfast and driving conviction, as previously reported in WND ,that a messianic figure, known as the "Mahdi" to Muslims, is poised to reveal himself after an apocalyptic holocaust on Earth that leaves most of the world's population dead. "I emphatically declare that today's world, more than ever before, longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanity; and above all longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet," Ahmadinejad said. "Oh, Almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have ordained their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirsts for justice, the perfect human being promised to all by you, and make us among his followers and among those who strive for his return and his cause." With Iran on the verge of producing nuclear weapons and already in possession of sophisticated medium-range missiles, mystical pre-occupation with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah is of particular concern because of Iran's potential for triggering the kind of global conflagration Ahmadinejad envisions will set the stage for the end of the world. Ahmadinejad is on record as stating he believes he is to have a personal role in ushering in the age of the Mahdi. In a Nov. 16, 2005, speech in Tehran, he said he sees his main mission in life as to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance." According to Shiites, the 12th imam disappeared as a child in the year 941. When he returns, they believe, he will reign on earth for seven years, before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world. Ahmadinejad is urging Iranians to prepare for the coming of the Mahdi by turning the country into a mighty and advanced Islamic society and by avoiding the corruption and excesses of the West. All Iran is buzzing about the Mahdi, the 12th imam and the role Iran and Ahmadinejad are playing in his anticipated return. There's a new messiah hotline. There are news agencies especially devoted to the latest developments. "People are anxious to know when and how will he rise; what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation," says Ali Lari, a cleric at the Bright Future Institute in Iran's religious center of Qom. "The timing is not clear, but the conditions are more specific," he adds. "There is a saying: 'When the students are ready, the teacher will come.'" Ahmadinejad and others in Iran are deadly serious about the imminent return of the 12th imam, who will prompt a global battle between good and evil (with striking parallels to biblical accounts of "Armageddon"). Some interpretations of the events that precede his coming include a war that wipes out most of the world's population. In Iran, an institute set up in 2004 for the study and dissemination of information about the Mahdi had a staff of 160 and influence in the schools and children's magazines earlier this year. Theologians there say end-times beliefs appeal to one-fifth of the population. And the Jamkaran mosque east of Qom, 60 miles south of Tehran, is where the link between devotees and the Mahdi is closest. As of last year, Ahmadinejad's cabinet had given $17 million to Jamkaran. Shiite writings describe events surrounding the return of the Mahdi in apocalyptic terms. In one scenario, the forces of evil would come from Syria and Iraq and clash with forces of good from Iran. The battle would commence at Kufa – the Iraqi town near the holy city of Najaf. Even more controversial is Ahmadinejad's repeated invocation of Imam Mahdi, known as "the Savior of Times." According to Shiite tradition, Imam Mahdi will appear on Judgment Day to herald a truly just government. Ahmadinejad made reference to the Mahdi in his first speech to the U.N., too. He called on the "mighty Lord" to hasten the emergence of "the promised one," the one who "will fill this world with justice and peace." Who stands in the Mahdi's way? A top priority of Ahmadinejad is "to challenge America, which is trying to impose itself as the final salvation of the human being, and insert its unjust state [in the region]," says Hamidreza Taraghi, head of the conservative Islamic Coalition Society. Taraghi says the U.S. is "trying to place itself as the new Mahdi." This may mean no peace with Iran, he adds, "unless America changes its hegemonic ... thinking, doesn't use nuclear weapons, [or] impose its will on other nations." After Ahmadinejad last spoke to the United Nations, in September 2005, he told Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, in a videotaped discussion, about a strange, paranormal experience he had while speaking. He recounted how he found himself bathed in light throughout the speech. But this wasn't the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven. According to a transcript of his comments, obtained by WND last year, Ahmadinejad wasn't the only one who noticed the unearthly light. One of his aides brought it to his attention. The Iranian president recalled being told about it by one of his delegation: "When you began with the words 'in the name of Allah,' I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end." Ahmadinejad agreed that he sensed the same thing. "On the last day when I was speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say 'Bismillah Muhammad,' he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura," he says. "I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn't move an eyelid, I'm not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes – Alhamdulillah!"
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
They aren't conserned with the small things, like their deaths, if it brings about the end that they want.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
UnDave the (government) of Iran is not on a suicide mission. That would be like you hitting me with a tac hammer knowing I've got a sledge hammer aimed right at your head.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
The problem is that we don't want the end of the world. Iran doesn't care who they kill, or what h3ll they unleash, as long as they get rid of the wicked westerners and wipe Israel off the map
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Hell we have enough weapons to blow up the entire world, I don't think we can say anything about what anyone else is doing.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LOL! I saw that one xXFurygeistXx, I love Lewis Black. Well as Whoopi wld say "Imadinnajacket" is some one that needs to be reckoned with but it is the way we handle the situation that is key to stability. It is my opinion that even if the government of Iran creates a nuclear missile it will be used as a bargaining chip and not a weapon. The danger however is in such an unstable region the control of that missile could conceivably fall into the wrong hands (in this case the more of two evils). I seriously doubt that no matter how much Iran hates Israel for the way they have treated Palestinians for decades that they would actually risk their own extinction and risk wiping the Palestinians that they feel such solidarity with off the face of the earth. The missile would simply give them a heavier seat at the bargaining table IMO.
xXFurygeistXx xXFurygeistXx 8 years
As Lewis Black said, it was a Dick Cheney quail hunting moment..." Iran...Iran...IRAQ!" -.-;; Aiya...
janneth janneth 8 years
Lots of instability in that region. I think Obama is the right person to deal with it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yes, but we should talk to them, without preconditions. :oy:
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