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07:55 PM on 01/09/2012
Not educated except for the news on this tiopic and may appear really simplistic - but first, Muslim or not, American Born...wondering if he was a spy, can't imagine what his family is going through regardless, wondering what negotiations are going on we have no clue about and in my heart of hearts because I hate to see innocent citizens killed, my gut says pull out all the stops, bomb the ports, bomb the palace, show the bully who's boss. I'm a dem, normally on the liberal side of the middle but sick of the games.

Enough is enough. He may die with or with action...he might already be deal..but...just rip the band aid off.
08:31 PM on 01/09/2012
Wow. All this banter getting to you, too? -- Gotta get outta here, onto another topic or . . . I'm gonna start talking war, bombs away, torpedo Iran's ships, kidnap the Ayatollah, take Sarkozy prisoner, Gitmo all pigmies, force the Pope to become atheist, boycott onion soup.... etc - you've 19 fans now.....
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03:22 PM on 01/10/2012
Overload!
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leonel
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07:52 PM on 01/09/2012
Persons who are interested in knowing how tense relations can get with out war breaking out, should consider what happened between the US and the Soviets before the end of their cold war.

A very tragic and interesting episode was the intentional sinking of the USS Scorpion by the Soviets after a US Navy Submarine hit, probably unintentionally a Soviet Submarine.

The official record is still that both were accidental but it took decades for the (necessary) coverup to be exposed. There are a couple of detailed books and one gets to see why the coverup was necessary as seem from both navies viewpoints. If interested, look at Google search to find official report and books on topic.
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vonwoomer
07:45 PM on 01/09/2012
come on>>> He's was visiting his Uncle Pasha............
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leonel
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07:40 PM on 01/09/2012
This seems like another chapter in the cold war between the US and Iran. It seems unavoidable but also not as dangerous as it can be portrayed. Both sides have to behave like the other is completely wrong and at the same time they have to both know that some of their claims are not totally convincing.
That Iran is not trying to get a nuclear bomb is not believable but at the same time it does not need it to keep growing in influence. And it makes sense from its own interests that it at least can be able to make nuclear weapons if it wants. The US, and the rest of the world, need to do and try anything they can to keep not only Iran but any other countries from getting nuclear weapons.

The problem is that it is difficult to stop them before they get them---and after they get them, impossible.

It is also not entirely believable that this ex-soldier was not there to collect intelligence. All Iran would have needed is to know his background and then arrest him and make him confess.

These standoffs seem unavoidable and also not likely to get hotter unless there is needless irrational behavior on both sides. Neither can afford to stop the oil business, and that is the best leverage in keeping things from getting hotter.

The likely result is that peace will be achieved in a few decades, like it happened with the Soviets.
ccsysglf
question the question
06:49 PM on 01/09/2012
cia contract agent carrying u.s. marine i.d. ? iran you can do better than that, can't you?
06:34 PM on 01/09/2012
Hey, Oval Office, NUKE TEHRAN if they execute him. PERIOD!
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vonwoomer
07:46 PM on 01/09/2012
Israel will be be the the enabler...
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The Linda
Tired of nonsense pushers
07:57 PM on 01/09/2012
Yes, China would really be happy with that move.
06:33 PM on 01/09/2012
It's time we got over our hissy fit over the 1979 hostage crisis and reestablished diplomatic relations with Iran. They are willing to, despite the facts that we overthrew their democracy in 1953, helped the Shah design his secret police, the SAVAK, and backed Saddam Hussein's 8-year war with Iran, including in the weapons we gave him, poison gas, which he used on Iranians.
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natureboy10307
07:10 PM on 01/09/2012
I'll pass on that, they literally *hate* us. They burn American flags everyday and blame us for every problem they can ever have, from their country being bad to something went missing in their homes. Their building nukes aswell, what do you need nukes for these days? America used the Atomic bomb to end WW2 and to scare the Soviets. We warned Japan multiple times before we did and they still resisted surrender after the first bomb fell, we also helped Japan clean up the damage afterwards. But i would like to end it also but it seems to be nowhere close to be coming to that.
12:37 PM on 01/10/2012
After 9/11 the people of Iran held candlelight vigils to honor our dead, and waved small American flags. I remember seeing the pictures in Time Magazine. As for nukes, they want them to prevent what happened to Iraq happening to them.
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mcd8009
07:22 PM on 01/09/2012
So if you don't have the guts to fight, lie down, spread your legs and enjoy the view.....
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rhettcbowling
Last man standing!
06:19 PM on 01/09/2012
Obviously the best thing to do it just don't go to Iran. Its a no brainer.
06:10 PM on 01/09/2012
This shows the weakness of the Obama administration in the international arena. The time will come than the only solution to the Iranian problem will be to nuke them before they nuke us.
06:45 PM on 01/09/2012
Iran has no intention of nuking us. Either you are an Israeli troublemaker posing as an American, or you are an extremely uninformed individual. Iran is not some backward country run by religious lunatics, like the religious right in this country who welcome a nuclear war in preparation for the second coming of Christ. These are the people Americans need to fear, and the Israelis, who threaten to attack as many world capitols as possible, including the Vatican, if they are going down. Iran has made no such wild threats. Iran wants to survive. A nuclear war with the US would prove disasterous for them. A nuclear-armed Iran, however, will prove a bulwark against Israel's imperial ambitions, hence the continuous drumbeat for war coming from the Jewish-owned media and their squires such as John Bolton.
07:15 PM on 01/09/2012
Iran has no intention of nuking us. Either you are an Israeli troublemak­er posing as an American, or you are an extremely uninformed individual­. Iran is not some backward country run by religious lunatics, like the religious right in this country who welcome a nuclear war in preparatio­n for the second coming of Christ. These are the people Americans need to fear, and the Israelis, who threaten to attack as many world capitols as possible, including the Vatican, if they are going down. Iran has made no such wild threats. Iran wants to survive. A nuclear war with the US would prove disasterou­s for them. A nuclear-ar­med Iran, however, will prove a bulwark against Israel's imperial ambitions, hence the continuous drumbeat for war coming from the Jewish-own­ed media and their squires such as John Bolton.?----If I must say so myself superb rational.
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Its The Economy,Vote Romney!
08:06 PM on 01/09/2012
why do you defend a country that has no problem killing our soldiers, torturing their citizens and butchering their women??
05:40 PM on 01/09/2012
I think Iran should let the man go back to the United States. However, the United States is waging economic warfare against the government of Iran with sanctions. The U.S.'s economic warfare is playing havoc with Iran's currency and will badly hurt the working class and middle class of Iran--their 99%. Similar sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s caused the death of 500,000 children. Also, Israel regularly threatens to bomb Iran, and the U.S. has a ring of bases circling Iran with the most advanced weapry in the world. I think the U.S., should quit its sanctions against Iran, which will not hut the Iranian the government but will hurt thousands of Iranian children.,
05:33 PM on 01/09/2012
Iran is probably looking for money from us. Not that I put it past them to execute this person.
05:26 PM on 01/09/2012
so i ask you.
iran puts the guy to death
what is the american government going to do about it.
my money would be on , nothing.
barack will call the family and give them his sincerest apology and than move on to the next thing.
it will be no more than a fleeting thought immediately after he gives the family his condolences.
05:21 PM on 01/09/2012
I didn't think we've been that hostile yet, have we?
08:56 PM on 01/09/2012
Well draw a line from Iraq to Afghanistan... What do you see?
05:17 PM on 01/09/2012
Okay, sports fans, you can't have it both ways. Our country passes laws and policies allowing - encouraging - the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists without trial, hearings, legal counsel or habeus corpus. We allow 'enhanced intrrogations', we send drones into other nation's air space, we kill those we consider a threat to national security. All well and good, until the other guys start condemning our citizens captured or arrested on foreign soil.

They gotta respect our 'rights' when we don't?
09:01 PM on 01/09/2012
No they dont have to respect our rights and i think their actions for a long time have backed that up. So ya, they keep acting fools over there and we turn them into cuba i guess.

Good luck building nukes when your broke. Even unscrupulous weapon traffickers need cash cant see them liking the credit so much.
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fattrucker
05:15 PM on 01/09/2012
"translators" are typically intelligence, "contractors" same thing, ex military, now they got a bargaining chip, good thing, it's a muslim so who cares
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Mary Ann St Marie
07:06 PM on 01/09/2012
We should care. He is a natural born American citizen, and served in the U.S. Marines. SO WHAT IF HE IS MUSLIM, HE IS AN AMERICAN!!!!! It may not have been the brightest thing of him to visit Iran, but he does not deserve to be treated like dirt because he is a Muslim. Not all Muslin's are bad, just like not all American's have your attitude in regards to this young man because he is of Iranian descent.
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fattrucker
07:40 PM on 01/09/2012
muslims killing muslims, in the words of the great charlie sheen, "WINNING"