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Robert Ariail

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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran’s nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.
    After the 1979 revolution, a clandestine nuclear weapons research program was disbanded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1902–1989), who considered such weapons forbidden under Muslim ethics and jurisprudence. Iran has signed treaties repudiating the possession of weapons of mass destruction including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Hmm, actually, there’s considerable discussion that they were, as in that was “the Orient”. Of course the area from Turkey east IS Asia.

  3. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, over 2 years ago

    Iran, Russia, the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, China, both Koreas, England, Australia… Why does everyone pick on the newcomer?

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Let us pretend.
    Iran decides to launch a nuclear warhead at Israel, the closest target it can actually reach.
    A – Israel’s Iron Dome shoots it down, radioactive debris scatters on East Palestine, Jordan and Syria, even if Israel doesn’t respond, the UN, USA, Europe, and the Middle East lock Iran down on all sides. Consequences ensue.
    B – Iron Dome fails to intercept, Tel Aviv or another major Israeli city explodes. Radioactive debris falls all over East Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and other nations east of the explosion, including possibly Iran sickening and/or killing thousands more. Israel fires up to one nuke for every Iranian population center over 25k people unless they wait long enough to see what the irradiated nations and the rest of the world decides to do to Iran first.
    What has Iran just won?
    Nuclear weapons are no longer first strike weapons. They are the… if you attack me hard enough to defeat me, I’ll use this, weapon.
    There are always crazy people who can change the dynamic, too many think God wants them to start Armageddon, but in a relatively sane world, no one wants to be the recipient of the world’s anger for being the one to use a third nuclear explosion in anger.

  5. PICTO

    PICTO said, over 2 years ago

    It looks like Iran is regifting …

  6. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    Interesting comparison between posts. Radish gives some informative history of Iran’s nuclear program. Michael Wme and Respectful Troll add some thoughtful insights. And Debt Free rejects it all in a declarative anti-Obama talking point. Is this an example of the liberal/conservative, Republican/Democrat dichotomy? Not difficult to see which side is best prepared to run the country.

  7. mshefler

    mshefler said, over 2 years ago

    Well, at least the sane to wingnut ratio is improving.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    They went all the way around.

  9. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    @Three Steps Over Japan

    In this case, the new comer has repeatedly threatened to destroy their neighbor. If you go out of your way to be scary, don’t be surprised everyone fears you.

  10. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “no one wants to be the recipient of the world’s anger for being the one to use a third nuclear explosion in anger.” That may not apply to Iran’s leadership. I don’t think they are sane by Western criteria.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    While the psychotic “right” is overly loud compared to the more rational component, filibusters and a war in Iraq show that a loud minority, with control of threat and the media, can dominate over rational folks.

  12. SergeitheAntagonist

    SergeitheAntagonist said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I’ve got no problem agreeing with your scenario of what would probably happen, C. Iran doesn’t gain in any real way. The problem comes with your last paragraph. The people running the Islamic Republic are exactly the kind of crazies who think God wants them to start Armageddon. Unlike the atheist Soviets who really wanted to live, the mullahs think Allah will reward them in Paradise if they die killing millions of infidels. Mutually assured destruction doesn’t work if the other guy wants to die.

  13. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    “That is only what they tell the recruits, doubt they are that deluded.” They aren’t deluded, they are convinced they are right and all the scarier for it. You can’t judge fanatics by sane motivations.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago


    I’m sorry to agree with you Serge. However…
    I’m sure that if the Westboro Baptist Church had their finger near a button, they’d be happy to start Armageddon too.
    Islam has no monopoly on religious fanatics who believe they alone are fulfilling God’s will.
    God save us from his worshippers.
    I do disagree with you about Soviets though. I think there are atheists who are willing to see the world burnt to a cinder when they die out of pure spite.
    I’ve not seen your name before.
    Thank you for a comment made with civility and intelligent thought. I’ve been getting a lot of rants lately. You are appreciated.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago


    Were they flat-earthers back then? Because then they didn’t go around, they would have fallen off the edges.

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