To those who urge attack, I have listened to your arguments and have sifted through massive amounts of evidence, clicked links you have mentioned to large compilations of other links of which I have explored, but I am still unconvinced that Iran is willing to have itself destroyed, nuked to death, just to get the one remote chance at striking Isreal or the United States.

You may be too young to have been scared by the Soviet Union. Having experienced it first hand, I lived through the hawkish views of pre-empting our arsenals. Not only did we live in fear the Soviets, but we equally feared some of our own hawkish generals just might go nuts and act independently of the president and the people. This fear was milked by many cinematic directors of that time.

But wait, Iran is not a homogenous society. It is roughly only 50% Persian. Currently their greatest internal fear is that an influx of refugees may tip the balance of power. Also there is a large, again almost 50 % of the population, that is rational and progressive. The balance of power is quite slim for the current head of the religously conservative Iran. “Whats his name’s” control of his country is just as shakey as our Republican administration, that is currently in charge of mismanaging our nation’s foreign affairs.

Each time Bush speaks, the world hears our entire country through his voice. Doing so, overlooks the fact more voted for Gore in 2000, and that only 60,000 Ohioans determined his second term. That means there are a large lot of Americans, who strongly oppose the military pre-emption of Iran. But that is not what the world sees. Likewise, in Iran there are a tremendous number of Iranians, who feel that to destroy their ancient culture for a token strike against Isreal, is equally pointless.

Instead, by understanding the politics, one can understand that the rantings of both “what’s their names” are not meant for the world’s stage. Instead, they are intended to placate and maintain the continued unequivocable support from a shrinking feeble base that both current administrations must maintain to control their governments. Hell, the Soviets did the same thing, and after the fall of communism we discovered that those diatribes were scripted by the Politboro for domestic consumption.

The commission’s report we received on Wednesday is a politiclly watered down version of what needs to happen. One has only to see a bristling James Baker and Lee Hamiliton condeming Bush’s stance towards Iran and Syria before Congress, to see that the vapid tone was meant to placate Administration censors. To see the best of America uncomprisingly advocate the repair of ties to Iran and Syria, only further alienates the hard line core who seem bent on war at any cost for any reason.