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Re: The Iran Nuclear Deal - A Primer
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2015, 09:03:12 am »
This conversation reminds me of Trump campaigning the crime rate, which has been falling for some time.  Not that we don't want to eliminate all crime, but it's important to know the facts of the matter when deciding what is the best direction moving forward.  Same with the Middle East.  I distrust almost all news about the region.  But hard numbers are more plausible.

What "hard numbers" coming out of the Middle East make you optimistic? The rate of brutal executions of Christians, Yazidis, and others by ISIS? The increased military hardware and wealth acquired by ISIS? The sexual enslavement of Christian and Yazidi girls? The rate of execution of Gays? The increased empowerment of hard-core Islamists? The rate of intimidation and silencing of moderates opposed to their leaders? Iran's crushing of those who protested against the regime? The number of times Iranian crowds at rallies chant, with the approval and express endorsement of their leaders, "Death to America!" ...?  The Ayatollah's continued reitoration of his Shi'ite "end-days" vision of war leading to the Mahdi and a messianic Islamic era? The rate of expansion of Iran's military capability? The projected rate of improvement in that military capability after hundreds of billions start flowing into Iran's coffers?  The rate of Iran's military and financial support of its terrorist proxies? The extent and progress of Iran's clandestine nuclear program?  The rate of lies emanating from Tehran?  I could go on and on.

What world are you living in?  The "statistics" cited in Vic's post above (largely involving how innovation has improved people's lives) have absolutely nothing to do with the prospects for a major war emanating from the Middle East.

It is not uncommon for there to be "peace" before war.  There is also "peace" during a temporary truce.  And today, what is going on in the Middle East can hardly be called "peace" ... unless you are counting the peace of the grave.
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Re: The Iran Nuclear Deal - A Primer
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2021, 11:44:47 am »
Thursday, 30th December ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Iran Sends Rocket Into Space

by Sune Engel Rasmussen & Aresu Eqbali

(Tehran) ó Iran launched a rocket into space carrying what officials on Thursday said were three research devices, drawing attention to Tehranís missile ambitions amid faltering international negotiations over its nuclear program.

The rocket, called the Simorgh, is designed to carry satellites; it was sent up about 290 miles, which an Iranian Defense Ministry spokesman told state television was a record for this type of rocket.

The ministry didnít say when the launch was conducted or whether it had succeeded in putting the devices into orbit.

Iranian Defense Ministry spokesman didnít give any details about the devices.

Iran has tested the Simorgh rocket at least five times previously.

Satellite carrier rockets arenít part of Iranís ballistic-missile program, but U.S. intelligence officials have said that many of the components in rockets such as the Simorgh can be repurposed for long-range ballistic missiles.

Iran says its rocket tests are for civilian purposes and arenít linked to its military ambitions.

The announcement followed a test last week of 16 short- to medium-range ballistic missiles during a military drill in southern Iran.

It also comes as Iranian and Western diplomats are huddled in difficult talks over Iranís nuclear program in Vienna.

Negotiators are expected to reconvene on Monday after breaking for New Year.

The U.S. left the deal in 2018 and imposed strict economic sanctions that have battered Iranís economy.

In response, Tehran has violated most of the key tenets in the agreement, reducing the time it would need to produce enough nuclear fuel for one weapon to as little as a month.

It has increased uranium enrichment from the 3.67% level allowed under the agreement to 60%, a short technical step from 90% weapons grade, and curtailed access for international nuclear inspectors.