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  •  There aren't only two positions to take on this (1+ / 0-)
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    issue: to either believe that Iran is acquiring a nuclear weapon, or to believe that it is not. In the face of inadequate evidence, the proper position is skepticism. I don't know that Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon, but none of the evidence out there suggests that it is. So I certainly will not believe that it is doing so. This is why the IAEA can't and doesn't say that Iran "is" working on a nuclear weapon. Because it doesn't have the evidence to assert that.

    Now, your belief that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons must be grounded in something: either you have some evidence, or you're relying on the conclusions of others, or you just have a "gut feeling." What you should ask yourself is, "what are my grounds for believing that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon?" And then examine those grounds and see if there are any reasons to doubt them. A "gut feeling" is woefully inadequate justification to, for example, support a war. And so is simply believing the conclusions of an authority, especially the US government, which has lied and manipulated in the past to get us into wars. Admitting that you don't know is the first step to discovering the truth.

    And no matter what "gut feeling" you may have, the media and politicians have a responsibility to assert only that which they have sufficient evidence to support. It is obvious that they overstepped when they asserted that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. There is something else going on here. The media and politicians misled or flat out lied to get us into a war with Iraq--why do you think they wouldn't do the same in the case of Iran? The point: these sources are unreliable, because they have misled or lied--led us to believe falsehoods--many times in the past. Thus, we must be skeptical in our interpretation of them. But we must also call them out for failure their duty.

    There is plenty of hard evidence to back up the claim that the US government and media railroaded the country into war with Iraq. But there is no hard evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon. So where does the responsible believer lay its burden?

    •  Megan - in your comment and diary (0+ / 0-)

      You present an excellent case for being skeptical. However, based on the behavior of the Iranians, and their stated policy goals, I personally believe they are working on a weapon.

      What we do about it is a very separate issue.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 09:02:40 AM PST

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      •  True, true. You could believe that Iran is (1+ / 0-)
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        pursuing nuclear weapons and think that going to war or doing anything except engage them diplomatically is a mistake. Unfortunately, not everyone who has that belief would support that action!

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