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What, if anything, does this have to do with the regime’s oft-stated winks and leers, promising a “new” relationship with the West, especially with the United States?  You might wonder if the increased repression is being imposed in the anticipation of a deal, and the regime leaders want to make sure that their many domestic opponents aren’t tempted to rise up against a regime that has shown weakness in its dealings with the West.

That’s possible, but not likely.  It flies in the face of what we know about the regime leaders’ reading of Obama.  They don’t think they have anything to fear from him, and they expect he will accept a deal favorable to them.  They expect an immediate easing of sanctions, “in exchange” for promises of good Iranian behavior in the future.  They will have been reassured at the recent spectacle of the White House asking Congress not to vote any new sanctions.  This demonstrates a lack of understanding, since a vigorous Congress enables our negotiators to tell the Iranians “you’d better get serious and shut down the nuclear program, or these crazy people will just pile on.”

Instead, the Iranians are playing that card, telling us “you’d better get serious and give something tangible to Rouhani, or the crazy hard-liners will make everything more dangerous.”

There’s a difference between us, after all.  Obama wants a deal.  The Iranians want us dead or dominated.  They want to treat us the same way they treat their own.

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actually i think the regime fears Zoroastrianism more than Christianity, but your point about fear is well taken.
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Ya know what the Iranian regime fear most? The rise of Christian "house churches" and the spread of Christianity; so much so that the Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to quell the audacious "rebellion" against tyranny.
Iranian leadership are nothing but murdering, porno-loving dictators who are an affront to all humanity. They are afraid, and act out of that fear; which makes them unstable at best. An example closer to home is the Obama administration, strutting around like they own the world; where as in fact, they are a bunch of weaklings that have to gang together and intimidate in order to get anything done. This administration cannot show force againbst Iran, because in doing so they are afraid that their political goals will be affected: one-party perpetual power. Once they have that "one party"; look out.
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Michael, you say, "hanging" as if it's a bad thing.

If the trial is fair, and the conviction is just, there's not a thing at all wrong with hanging as a method of execution.

In fact, it's got many advantages over our modern supposedly "civilized" methods.

And don't get me started on the electric chair. Of all the methods that have been used in the United States, that is the one that violates the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

51 weeks ago
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I think that these problems will all fall to secondary importance when Israel makes their move against the Iranian nuke threat. I think that the attack will be from the top down and the ruling mullahs will be lucky to survive.
51 weeks ago
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The only good actors in the Syrian mess are the Kurds. We need to arm them, they are our only true allies in the region besides Israel.
51 weeks ago
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Your post, at face value, is fine; however, how do we do that? Which Kurds? While we have an NSA who spies on us, how do we get to take the moral high ground about the jerks leading foreign nations? Just what would happen if we don't get involved? The only thing we have to worry about is another 9/11.

OK. To lessen the chances of that happening, let it be know to all these fine believers in the religion of peace that IF it happens in the US, Mecca becomes glass. No negotiation. Don't care who's there. Glass.
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Michael, I'd like your assessment of the blog entries that deal with Iran over at this blog: http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com

For, it helps to have more than you communicating what is going on.

Thanks.
51 weeks ago
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The USA and Israel must arming of all the well-meaning of Kurds, Arabs and Iranians who are very loyal to America and Israel so that battle all the Islamic jihadist groups that is supported by evil regimes, in particular by the Mullahs regime and specifically "Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Shaem (ISIS) that are the branches of Al-Qaeda".

"the Iranians are playing that card, telling us “you’d better get serious and give something tangible to Rouhani...Obama wants a deal. The Iranians want us dead or dominated."

Yes, indeed, most of the successive U.S. administrations wanted and continuouslly reconciliation with evil regimes. You have gave them a lot of concessions, but the result is the murder of a lot of Americans. As for President Obama administration, all of the administration's overtures to the Arab and Muslim world have not yielded any results. You will give Iran the time that it needs to complete the development of the dirty bombs, after which it will be able to conduct negotiations from a position of power. The fanatic Mullahs regime in Tehran wants negotiations and dialogues only to gain time in order to moving forward with its nuclear program.
51 weeks ago
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Not our problem.
When thet start hanging, stoning or biting people in other counties, THEN we have a Casus Belli.
51 weeks ago
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But they are. It's called Hezbollah.
51 weeks ago
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That's right, Mr. Harry!? it's the mission of the blind United Nations and China to protect the oppressed people. today unfortunately we are living in a world without America.
It's also was not your problem when the violence and the sabotage acts was started before the WWII against the innocent Jews by their villain neighbors of the countrymen of baltic states and central Europe, especially here on the soil of this country, Poland. It was not your problem to prevent the Nazi and its collaborators in those states from committing atrocities against their Jews when they tried to clean the face of the earth from Jews.
51 weeks ago
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in his dealing with the Iranian nuclear situation, took the full measure of President Obama from Day 1 and realized that he cannot fully depend on US support. That is why he has engaged with Saudi Arabia in clandestine talks about a possible military action that Israel will one day be forced to take.
51 weeks ago
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So why are we in Israel releasing convicted Palestinian murderers? What have we to gain?

At least in the US, when your leaders do something, they can tell you why. We are a subject nation of the US (could be worse, it could be Russia) and only the US knows why our leaders do what they do. Maybe someone should ask Obama?

And the worst of it is, Obama probably believes in this fantasy of a "peace process". It would make more sense to believe in elves.
51 weeks ago
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Ya know what the Iranian regime fear most? The rise of Christian "house churches" and the spread of Christianity; so much so that the Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to quell the audacious "rebellion" against tyranny.
Iranian leadership are nothing but murdering, porno-loving dictators who are an affront to all humanity. They are afraid, and act out of that fear; which makes them unstable at best. An example closer to home is the Obama administration, strutting around like they own the world; where as in fact, they are a bunch of weaklings that have to gang together and intimidate in order to get anything done. This administration cannot show force againbst Iran, because in doing so they are afraid that their political goals will be affected: one-party perpetual power. Once they have that "one party"; look out.
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actually i think the regime fears Zoroastrianism more than Christianity, but your point about fear is well taken.
51 weeks ago
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So the old Persian religion is alive and well in Persia? Wow.
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And if I can add something, the Baha'i.
For some reason they are often forgotten (by us, not by their islamic supremacist persecutors).

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