I still don’t understand the deep concern about Iran acquiring full fledged nuclear capability. I really don’t. Nuclear weapons do need to be demolished and banned, I agree with that. But here you have the case of Israel drumming up anti Iran sentiment while it sits on its own undeclared hoard of nuclear weapons. Mutually assured destruction does work, has proven to historically. We are the only ones to have used nukes, and that was before MAD came to be. China, N. Korea, Pakistan, India and several countries in the West have them already. They’re kind of like Maserati’s in the garage: no one ever drives them because they might get scratched, but damn, they are expensive as hell to maintain. Iran is returning to its roots as a major regional power; and deservedly so. It has as much right to full use of technology as anyone else, including Israel. As for terrorist attacks against the US, two things: first, why don’t several trillions of dollars spent on defense make us feel less obsessive about what others do? Then why spend that money at all? Second: If we got the hell out of the region then all the publicized rationales for the attacks would wither and blow away. 911 was not an accident–it was an act of war and an attempt to push back with a Kamikazi attack against the oppressor. Yes, yes, I know Islam is oppressive. But dammit, that is not our ideology, it is theirs. Catholicism is oppressive too. So is Mormonism.