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    Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    It appears that some feel that Iran's nuclear program can be stopped by military force alone. But this is a flawed notion because it requires that such force be applied for an infinite amount of time. It will not work.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    I don't see why they can't have one. Israel has one. And Israel didn't ask anyone if they could make nukes. They just made them. And nobody knows how many they even have. Do they?

    Why can't Iran have nukes? What is the big deal? If BB was really worried about it would he want all Jews in Europe to move to Israel? I doubt it. Nobody cares about Iran getting nukes. North Korea has them. Why would Iran having them be worse than North Korea or Pakistan. Normal people do not care about this issue at all.
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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by spangledbanner View Post
    I don't see why they can't have one. Israel has one. And Israel didn't ask anyone if they could make nukes. They just made them. And nobody knows how many they even have.
    Well they should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, but they should be allowed to develop nuclear technology for peaceful means. There is no good reason why that should not happen.

    That is a good point about no one knowing the extent of Israel's program.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    I don't see why they can't have military nukes. Every nation should have them. As an Australian I want Australia to have them. I don't see what that has to do with any other nation.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by spangledbanner View Post
    I don't see why they can't have military nukes. Every nation should have them. As an Australian I want Australia to have them. I don't see what that has to do with any other nation.
    I don't agree with you. The fewer nations that have them, the better.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    It appears that some feel that Iran's nuclear program can be stopped by military force alone. But this is a flawed notion because it requires that such force be applied for an infinite amount of time. It will not work.
    There is no question in my mind that the Iranian nuclear program can be stopped by military means alone. In this context it would be wrong to assume that it would require indefinite engagement. It could, but that would depend on the instruments chosen and the plan one wanted to follow. I would ask other questions.

    I would worry more about whether it is necessary or advisable. Only after that has been answered, would I ask, what military means I wanted to employ ie what I wanted to achieve.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by spangledbanner View Post
    I don't see why they can't have military nukes. Every nation should have them. As an Australian I want Australia to have them. I don't see what that has to do with any other nation.
    The analysis I know is pretty clear on that point. The more nations have atomic weapons and near nuclear weapons capability the more the restraints that allowed MAD to work deteriorate and the higher becomes the probability of nuclear war. This probability rises relatively rapidly to near certainty over the next years, unless we can remove international security from the hands of the individual nation to be internalized at the supra national level. As this step will take time, it is absolutely necessary to prevent or at least slow proliferation. Any other policy promises to be suicidal in the sense of a few Billions dead.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Well they should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, but they should be allowed to develop nuclear technology for peaceful means. There is no good reason why that should not happen.

    That is a good point about no one knowing the extent of Israel's program.
    As to your first point, I do not believe anyone has a problem with that or has had in the last few administrations. Where there is a great difference of opinion is in verify-ability id est in what means should be employed to verify that there is no program to develop nuclear weapons capability.

    The second point I have been following for many years. It is true that the exact size and capabilities of their arsenal are unknown. But I think it would surprise everyone, if the Israeli did not have a number of nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver them.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Worked on Iraq. Thus far it's worked to delay the Iranian nuclear program, because we've only used a very, very, very limited portion of it.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by spangledbanner View Post
    I don't see why they can't have military nukes. Every nation should have them. As an Australian I want Australia to have them. I don't see what that has to do with any other nation.
    ISIL is a nation.

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