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Who would blame Iran for not giving up its enrichment plants? After all, if they export all of their uranium to another country, what guarantee will Iran has that they will get it back?
Rather than say, "no, you can't enrich uranium, ever", wouldn't it be better to tell them, "you can enrich it, but we want constant supervision on every gram of the material"?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@CyrusAryamehr No. Even Israel never claimed Iran already has nuclear weapons, only that they are trying to. If you have evidence to the contrary, I'm sure the US, Israeli and the EU governments all would like to see it.
Of course, it's all rather academic - nuclear weapons need regular maintenance, since radiation tend to make all metal - even gold - brittle. If Iran inherited Soviet era nukes, it wouldn't be very functional after several decades. And so far, I have not seen evidence of the Iranians building a catapult...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | Stephen M. Walt
@CyrusAryamehr @FranzLiebkind Iran has no "agenda to bring America to its knees", especially not when America is the one with military bases surrounding it. Also, the mullahs are spying on you via its JihadSat (tm), so I hope you check under your bed every night for lurking suicide bombers.
Oh wait, those are *boogeymen*. Sorry, got that mixed up.
@bkmoody @Shingo And they remember the US overthrowing their Prime Minister, installing the Shah, arming Iraq, shooting down their civilian airliner and providing arms to anti-Iran militants like MEK. How about we put all that in perspective?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Access denied | Stephen M. Walt
Maybe, just maybe, we should give this whole "peace" thing a chance? If a much bigger country kept shouting "death to Ir-", sorry, I meant "regime change" all the time, I would want nuclear weapons too. If you can have detente with the Soviet Union, you can try to have some sort of peace with Iran.
@mikevolze @Bashar Hijazi In contrast, America has actually destroyed nations, and now surrounds Iran with its military (while constantly saying they are going after a regime change). Seriously, why complain about Iran when America looks like the bigger culprit?
@mikevolze @Shingo @DrDan2000 No one claimed Iran is innocent.
But on the other hand, do you deny that America ha also "funded, trained and armed multiple dictators and terror organizations"?
@mntnmaven1 "Genocidal dictatorship"? Careful now, they own your country's debts.
@mikevolze @StevenRibet What "Iranian aggression" do you speak of? I could not remember the last time an Arab state was attacked by Iran. Unless if you refer to the Iran-Iraq War... which was started by Iraq.
@mikevolze @Alex Nunya @popsiq " It's not in the United States best interests to support a government despised by the vast majority of the region."
Oh dear Lord, I wonder if you notice the sheer hypocrisy of this statement.
First up, not only is the United States constantly calling for Iran's destruction, it actually has actual military bases surrounding Iran. Now tell me how many bases does Iran has in close proximity to the US.
Second, the "vast majority" you speak of are American-propped dictatorships. So really, you're supporting them?
And finally, I wonder if you realize that America is detested by a vast majority of people in the Middle East. All those "diplomacy via high explosives" aren't exactly capturing the hearts and minds, you know.
Well, I'm glad that the economic crisis that had been plaguing the West is now over. After all, surely you guys wouldn't be so silly as to start yet another war when your treasury is bankrupted.. right?
6 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@Mrkamikaze You do realize that what you are essentially saying is, "it's okay for Saddam to use gas against the Iranians, the stake of the region is at stake".
What then, would prevent Assad to use the same excuse?
@CharlieDesertly Better yet - quick, ask Miley Cyrus to do something skanky!
@SeandaRealist @arvay There's no need to "brainwash" anyone against the West, since you're doing a stellar job of showing to all the sundry just hopeless its supporters are.
Good grief, I hope you're paid for making your silly comments, because the idea of people actually believing the tripe is a damning indictment of the future of humanity.
@jamessavik So what bad thing that the US did that caused the karmic payback known as 9/11?
Ha! I was struggling with Heisig's method on the "rising sun" kanji; yours actually do make more sense. Thanks!
(I don't suppose you have a simpler way to remember "gall bladder"? I can't for the life of me remember it - or even know when I'm supposed to use it, me not being a medical student and all that)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Mnemonics: Learn Japanese Faster
@sasss31 @FundaMentalist @DoctorChris
That's a load of bollocks - how is the situation in Afghanistan better? They're trading one warlord for another.
And how are the current Afghani government any less "Islamic" than the Taliban version? And I swear, if you say, "well, they can shave their beards now", then you are exposing a glaring lack of understanding in Islamic politics of the region.
1 year, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us
@sasss31 @KareemAnNajm @MalihehBanoo
"Islam under the Quran allows the raping of non-Muslims in multiple ways"
Can we please stop perpetuating this nonsense? Rape is a CAPITAL crime in Islam. Yes, Muslim armies commit rapes and other war crimes (you know, like any other armies). But that is the point - each and every religion and nation-state has its share of bad apples.
With your logic, torture of prisoners is allowed under American law, on the basis that someone had done it, therefore it must be accepted de jure.
@sasss31 @FundaMentalist @DoctorChris Let's not get ridiculous. "Fascism" is the marriage between business and totalitarian system of government. Italy under Mussolini is fascist. Germany under Nazis are fascist.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, doesn't even have a credible government.
Yes, elements of extremism do occur in Malaysia. It also occurs elsewhere in the world, and is not restricted only to Muslims.
"i would suggest that it is the presence of highly politicized islamists waging war against everyone and everything insufficiently islamic that leads to dictatorship, suffering and instability, not the other way around."
Tell that to the Iranians. Tell them how Project Ajax occured after the Islamic Revolution. Of course, history would beg to differ.
Or perhaps you would like to take Iraq, where the conditions went bad when Saddam, a secular leader, took power?