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  •  right I'm sure after all those decades (0+ / 0-)

    of developing nuclear weapons this announce just happens to come after Syria and a demonstration of what a sane president is.

    •  The basic premise of your comment is wrong (4+ / 0-)

      in the considered opinion of the US intelligence community (per a NIA).

      Aside from that, I'm sure that you have a point there...

        •  Your comment begins, (2+ / 0-)

          "I'm sure after all those decades of developing nuclear weapons..."

          This does not appear to be correct.  Therefore, I must treat the rest of your comment with a bit of skepticism.

          From wiki:

          U.S. intelligence agency officials interviewed by The New York Times in March 2012 said they continued to assess that Iran had not restarted its weaponization program, which the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate said Iran had discontinued in 2003, although they have found evidence that some weaponization-related activities have continued. The Israeli Mossad reportedly shared this belief.
          •  Iran has on and off (1+ / 0-)
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            tried to develop nuclear weapons and perhaps even more importantly has up to now refused to publicly abandon that aim.

            Your comment frankly is cherry picking and misses the wider view.

            •  Your comment posits a continual and (1+ / 0-)

              continuing attempt to make nuclear weapons.  There is clearly no evidence whatsoever for this, and in fact an abundance of evidence that the focus of the Iranian nuclear program FOR AT LEAST THE LAST TEN YEARS has been on power generation.

              Given that this is the case, how in the world can you suggest that anything that happened in Syria last week would have any impact on decisions regarding this program?

              Your comment frankly is a bit illogical.

              •  my comment posit a history (0+ / 0-)

                do you dispute that history?

                •  Look, if you are going to rewrite history... (0+ / 0-)

                  you have to at least come up with a link from World Net Daily.

                  'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

                  by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 09:03:35 PM PDT

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                •  I dispute two things: (1+ / 0-)

                  first, your assertion that Iran has spent the past several decades developing nuclear weapons, and second, your claim that Rouhani's reiteration of the longstanding Iranian renunciation of any desire for a nuclear weapon is in any way related to recent events in Syria.

                  Neither of these claims are supported by evidence or the facts, and both are IMO incorrect.

                  You can't make an unfounded assertion without any supporting evidence and then call it a history.  It's not.

                  •  You can dispute all you want (1+ / 0-)
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                    Point 1 is a historical fact. You can quibble with my phrasing if you wish but Iran's desire to have chemical and nuclear weapons is a long standing one. The fact that I have mentioned certain historically known facts and the best those opposing this view have mustered is 'is not' or 'you're no expert' to me shows how weak your argument is. If you truly think me factually wrong then why not prove it?

                    And point 2 well that's at best an opinion though I wasn't really framing that as anything more concrete then 'isn't the timing interesting'. You can dismiss it as coincidence or the beating of a butterfly's wings or anything else you wish. Personally speaking it is my opinion that they are linked and I have made my case why. I have neither desire nor inclination to repeat myself on that score.

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