Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force

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owl905 wrote:

It’s reached the point where the United States is actually shielding Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon … ummm, medical isotopes … yea, the USA is defending the Iranian healthcare system.

Jul 01, 2012 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mils54 wrote:

Those Iranian leaders love their missles!, Watch the U.S mop the floor with Iran if it goes.

Jul 01, 2012 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
stanmill wrote:

Iran is some one thousand miles
from Israel. yet they call Israel
an enemy, to be wiped off the earth.
why is Israel an enemy? because Iran
says they have stolen Muslim
land and are mistreating
the palis. taking their
statements at face value
they want to kill woman
and children. old people
and visitors to Israel
with atomic missiles.
a rational Iran would push
for talks not a nuclear war.
they are not a rational nation
at this time and should be dealt
with accordingly.

Jul 01, 2012 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

What’s the reasons for giving us sabre rattling news?
You have set up an oil embargo, so congratulations, enjoy it. Drink European wines and champagnes in celebration…

Jul 01, 2012 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jim1648 wrote:

To keep the rial currency constant, Iran could join the Euro.

Jul 01, 2012 4:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LesLegato wrote:

Is there not one Iranian with the heart and the skill to save Iran from Amadinnerjacket?

Iran will be a dust pile if the iranian people do not rise up and end the mullahcracy.

Jul 01, 2012 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Iran has been threatening Israel, the US, etc., right along, because as a practical matter, that’s all Iran can do. She can’t launch a war against Israel/US And hope to win it, and she knows that. What she is trying to do is attain nuclear parity with Israel, to dissuade Israel/US from launching a war against her–just as Israel would be doing right now if their positions were reversed.

Jul 01, 2012 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fred5407 wrote:

Aw come on. Lots of words and blah blah. They used to call it brinksmanship, but now it is just “I dare you to cross that line”. Little kids on the sidewalk.

Jul 01, 2012 4:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fuzzy57 wrote:

It seems like Iran is all mouth action and NO substance. Israel has patience like a saint, not to have destroyed Iran as of yet. If Iran keeps playing their game of lip service, the joke is liable to backfire on them. I pray America, Britain, Germany, France and other Allies are waiting at the back door of Israel. Israel is the buffer between the United States and the Middle East. If something happens to Israel, the United States is next. These people are freaking loony tunes. G*D bless you Israel and all the people living there.

Jul 01, 2012 4:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

As everybody knows, nasty talk between neighbors often ends up in violence, no matter how badly the physical mismatch appears — unless the apparent weaker adversary has something up his sleeve that the other doesn’t suspect: In this case is it a newly discovered and powerful cyberweapon? Hope not.

Jul 01, 2012 5:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

If the USA spends Federal money directly, or indirectly guarantees financing of any sort, for Israel to attack Iran, I want the amount to come from, and be limited to, the sum of all benefit balances for elected Federal Officials, including medical, retirement, and other entitlements and allowances. Any spending beyond that amount should be approved by a direct vote of the American public.

No more wars!! Do you hear?? No more wars. Stop it! Are you trying to prove to the American people that we must dismantle the offensive capability of the military? This would be a good way to do exactly that.

Jul 01, 2012 5:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Saristas wrote:

It’s funny because it clearly states if ISRAEL ATTACKS FIRST.

Jul 01, 2012 5:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Whilst not a supporter of Iran’s present regime, I believe your headline to be somewhat misleading.

If another state had threatened to attack you would you not threaten reprisals? Your headline appears to suggest that Iran is the aggressor, not Israel.

Jul 01, 2012 5:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fuzzy57 wrote:

DouglasReed100- Your comment is not misleading, but right to the point, how “Racist and ignorant” you are. The Headline says exactly what it means! Iran is the aggressor.

Jul 01, 2012 5:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
drmorocco wrote:

Israel is making threats to Iran on a daily basis. The US is trying to choke the Iranians by setting up an embargo.

Who was the last country to attack another? It was the US. Israel attacked Gaza in 2010. Israel attacked Lebanon in 2010 as well as in 1982.

Israel has nukes, (by the way it is against US law to provide aid to any country that hasn’t signed the Nuclear Profileration Agreement)and the US provides both money and military aid to Israel. If we look back in history, was it not the US the only country to use a Nuke or two?

Please someone tell me who the bad guys are?

Jul 01, 2012 5:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mikaj wrote:

What ever the media says, the truth is the opposite.

The whole world would benefit without the Zionist state existing. I can only dream of a more peaceful world, oh well.

Jul 01, 2012 6:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

it’s just hard to imagine a nation like this. scares the heck outta me. perhaps they need to ‘be wiped off the face of the earth’. stop and think about it people, doesn’t it scare the devil out of you?

Jul 01, 2012 6:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fuzzy57 wrote:

michaelp- Right On!

Jul 01, 2012 6:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Euskadian1 wrote:

Iran could be wipe out? , China and Russia be watching USA go broke
Israel can not do it alone.

Jul 01, 2012 6:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SalomonWisdom wrote:

We all got Obamacare now. So let’s let Israel let loose the dogs of hell on Iran. Iran’s little puppet leader can easily fit in a smaller hole than the other past dictators.

Maybe we can throw the two leaders in a pit with swords. When it is almost over we open the Lion gates and get a real show. That will teach these kiddies.

Jul 01, 2012 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

How is ‘Iran threatening Israel’ by saying it will respond IF attacked?Headline should read ‘Israel threatens Iran’. You could add ‘Iran not cool with that’ to the headline but that should be to freekin obvious!

Jul 01, 2012 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

FYI: I have sent a correction request for this article as follows…

Headline reads ‘Iran threatens Israel’ while the article itself quite clearly explains ‘Israel threatens Iran’ I guess this is a copy mistake, but an unfortunate one.’

Jul 01, 2012 6:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amos033 wrote:

Ok we’ve had four years of diplomancy and here we are back to square One. Didn’t Iran say this 4 years ago? How much closer are they to the bomb. Shall we sit idly by while Iran threatens genecide or should we act now? Is the Western World really concerned with the fate of 6 million Jews? When the leader of a rogue state like Iran speaks this way you know it is the sentiment of all it’s people. God bless Israel!

Jul 01, 2012 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rimmini2 wrote:

Somebody at the CIA is looking a little sheepish writing “I R A N…. not I R A Q” 10,000 times on the blackboard.

Jul 01, 2012 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
alrphfool wrote:

The US and Israeli aggression has been constant for many years.It seems only fair that a country being subjected to these ongoing attacks would need to defend itself. If the US and the UN enforced sanction against Israel until they complied with the numerous UN resolution outstanding against them it might then appear that fair process was being followed and not just the usual rabid dog pack attacking without due cause.

Jul 01, 2012 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Raoole wrote:

Misleading Headline.

Iran said, If Israel Attacks Iran first.

Jul 01, 2012 7:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
reed420 wrote:

Does anyone realize that this is an incredibly misleading headline. Iran is responding to threats from Israel and the US. It is not threatening Israel at all.

Plus the mainstream media has misused this quotation before when a similar phrase was used. He does not mean Iran will kill all Israelis as the phrase indicates in English. He means he will rid the world of the Israeli state, not its people. This article is simply sensational bull crap.

Jul 01, 2012 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
300LW wrote:

Any attack by Israel should be nuclear, don’t mess around with conventional weapons. Iran needs to be wiped from the map and will be supported by the West (and a number of Middle Eastern countries) for doing so.

Jul 01, 2012 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

This is what they say:

Hajizadeh said Israel knows that its military is no match for the Islamic Republic’s prowess, or else it would not have hesitated to attack Iran.

He asked how can Israel attack Iran when it was defeated by Hezbollah, which is a small group compared to the Islamic Republic, in the 33-Day War.

They make sense. They are only responding to Israel’s provocations.

Jul 01, 2012 7:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Frank95054 wrote:

It is an act of war when a foreign nation declares its intent to exterminate another nation. Iran’s threats to annihilate Israel are based on Jewish ethnicity and religion. Iran’s leadership is in clear violation of the UN Convention on Genocide, and the UN Human Rights laws. Consequently, Israel is justified in any military action to defend itself. I for one urge her to do so forthwith with every weapon in her arsenal. The United States under President Obama and Hilary Clinton can not be trusted to support Israel. Unforgivably for the world, Obama brings death and destruction to millions. He is the Muslim Brotherhood. He is the Caliphate. He is evil.

Jul 01, 2012 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cont wrote:

So Israel and the US can threaten Iran with war on a daily basis. Along with having sanction after sanction put on them by nuclear armed countries, Iran is the bad guy? And as soon as Iran says they will defend themselves from any attack they are the agreessores? So it’s fine for Israel and the US to be nuclear armed countries but not Iran. Maybe if Iran was not surrounded by nuclear weapons and was not surrounded by all the American military bases and wars they would not have a nuclear program. Iran is the victim, not the aggressor. The government and media is pumping out a bunch of propaganda so they can start up another useless war, and a bunch of people are eating it up.

Jul 01, 2012 7:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

@SalomonWisdom: These ‘kiddies’ are 8’000 years old, you 250 year old fetus.

And the non-sensationalist headline would have been: ‘Iran threatens reprisals.’ Otherwise, guess it would be too much to ask Reuters to print an article with the headline ‘Israel threatens Iran’. They would have had to write one every 3 days, for the last 10 years, but who’s counting the threats anymore, right?

Jul 01, 2012 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fuzzy57 wrote:

Israel hasn’t attack Iran, because the Allies, starting with Obama, asked Israel to give the sanctions a chance. Israel honored Obamas request. Why is it that Iran is all lip service. Israel has not lost one war since Israel became the state of Israel, so Israel has not been defeated by any Hezbollah group. This is a bold face lie! If Israel is attacked, they will take the proper steps. They could have destroyed the Palestinians years ago, if they didn’t want peace. That is all Israel wants is to be left alone and live in peace. It seems that the Arabs and terrorist Muslims don’t know how to live. Iran has killed thousands of their own citizens. They are a people that need to be dealt with swiftly to save the citizens they hide behind. These so called men, are worst than animals. They are barbaric!!

Jul 01, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amos033 wrote:

God is protecting Israel and that is why no country can defeat him until the time. We are fast approaching that day prophesied by the Prophet Zechariah and we do have a president who might balk at coming to Israel’s defense but God will never blink and soon all nations will learn what it means to turn away from the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob. God bless President Obama and Israel!

Jul 01, 2012 7:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Knightchris wrote:

Same old comments and threats against member states of the United Nations (all in good standing, unlike the Iranian outlaw government and its pathetic terrorist policies and threats).

This delusional ‘nation’, so despised by its own people and by the rest of the world save for a few rogue states, is begging for a massive and total attack…which, indeed, seems to be its karma, so to speak. Well, they should awaken…it is already too late for them and for their most wretched religion. This failed state soon will have its significant emmotional event…one from which it will not recover for two, three generations…their delusion, however, will be resolved.

Jul 01, 2012 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fuzzy57 wrote:

It is obvious by some comments, that those people that are reading into the article, are wishing that Israel is the aggressor, instead of Iran. Iran has made numerous out landish threats to the world, they want the destruction of Israel. Those commenting about Israel making the threats, are no better than the Iranian government and are racist towards Israel. These people are ignorant and do not believe in G*d, just like the Arabs and Muslims. Typical liberal ignorance that cannot tell you why they believe in the way they do, but have been raised in a racist up bringing..May G*D have pity on your soul!

Jul 01, 2012 8:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WestiKooni wrote:

The global 99% supports Iran in their trail blazing struggle against the 1% bully.

Jul 01, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
amos033 wrote:

@logical123 You are dead wrong,Reuters reports the news, they do not manufacture or shape it. That’s why Reuters is my favorite media source.

Jul 01, 2012 8:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

It is very unfortunate that Reuters allows these warmongering misrepresentations of what Iran and Ahmadinejad say into their reporting. It certainly reveals their strong biases, or even outright lying on Iran. Definitely, little of what they say or Iran is to be trusted.

Below is what is given in Wikepdia on the “wipe Israel of the face of the map”. First thing to note is that there is no such idiom in Farsi. Are we to believe that General Hadizadeh was speaking english? Seems very unlikely! Therefore, Reuters has made this up, or accepted this quote from somebody else who made it up.

Secondly, Reuters quotes Ahmadinejad as saying: Israel “must be wiped off the page of time”, sounding like a threat; rather, he said that the Zionist regime will “vanish from the pages of time”, a prediction. In fact, many people in the West agree that the Zionist regime will disappear. That is just what all the Zionists are so upset about: their precious racist apartheid project will fail Such failure is a very real and hopeful possibility, and the only reasonable way the Middle East will ever by at peace. And what would this mean? Israel would become a non-aparthied state, just as happened in South Africa. Since the two-state solution is just another red herring floated by the Zionists, the outcome will be that Israel-Palestine will become one state with equal rights for all Jews, Christians and Muslims. Those Jews who can’t stand living with Arabs, or for other reasons, will simply go elsewhere. Indeed, many already are leaving.

From wikipedia: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel
The translation presented by the official Islamic Republic News Agency has been challenged by Arash Norouzi, who says the statement “wiped off the map” was never made and that Ahmadinejad did not refer to the nation or land mass of Israel, but to the “regime occupying Jerusalem”. Norouzi translated the original Persian to English, with the result, “the Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”[14] Juan Cole, a University of Michigan Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History, agrees that Ahmadinejad’s statement should be translated as, “the Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e eshghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad).”[15] According to Cole, “Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ because no such idiom exists in Persian.” Instead, “he did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse.”[16]

Jul 01, 2012 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The United States promised in 1948 or 49 to Help Protect Israel from
all threats.
Should the United States back down because of insanity in Iran, Iran has been trying to provoke a war with Israel, even to the point of using simple minded terrorist for pay to attack Israel.
I do not want War, Israel does not want war, but Israel must remain on guard to defend itself, and the United States Must Stand With Israel,
as Promised, I am older than the Israel we have today, I am American
and that promise is mine also, if my promise is not valid do away with me too. What good is a Man if his Word is no good?

Jul 01, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
igetitalready wrote:

Everyone knows Obama’s a wannabe despot. It would be nothing for him to continue on his record of unprecedented tyranny and suspend elections if it remains clear that this election will be no cakewalk for him.
A Middle East war, a total economic collapse somewhere on the globe, whatever. Obama’s fellow tyrants like Ahmadinejad will do anything they can to open a door for what everyone knows Obama would love to do.
Watch for the Middle East to heat up and something crazy to happen if the world dictators feel they risk losing their greatest ally in Obama.

Jul 01, 2012 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
phreetoz wrote:

Why is this news? Doesn’t Iran threaten to blow up Israel daily, I think this should be put in the comedy section of the news. Cause really, it’s just funny now, sad, but funny.

Jul 01, 2012 9:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Israel is very well aware that economic sanctions against Iran will fail because Iran’s concerns are ideological. Of course, so are those of Israel. The agenda of the Likud government is the same as that of the late prime minister Shamir: that is an Israeli state that extends from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river with all the majority indigenous people of the region transferred to adjoining territories.

The agenda of the Netanyahu government is to persuade America to attack Iran. This is being prosecuted by the Israeli lobby in the US and by the right-wing of the Republican Party. The consequential loss of life and the possibility of a nuclear war is dismissed as immaterial to the ’cause’. The economic cost to the American public in the doubling or trebling of gas prices and the effect of that on jobs and living costs, is dismissed.

Jul 01, 2012 9:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

It’s a mock threat by Iran. The confirmation of Israelis nuclear weapons recently and their presence on submarines that can’t be taken out insures second strike capacity. If Iran tried to carry out their threat, they would have to evacuate their cities first, and they know it. Also, since Iran bluffed it’s threat to close the strait of Hormuz, their threats are now irrelevant except as a convenient excuse to attack them.

Jul 01, 2012 10:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yzdeaner wrote:

Let me try an simplify the debate. Does anyone think that a weaponized nuclear Iran is a good thing? Does anyone think that Iran possesing a nuclear bomb will not share it with the terrorist groups it supports such as hezbollah? Folks, the muslims that think like Ahmadinejad routinely strap bombs to there chests and willingly kill innocent people. They are throw backs from the dark ages or even further. The WORLD, not just Israel, needs to be extremely concerned about a nuclear Iran AND NOT FOR ISRAEL’S SAKE…but for our own security. The muslin religion has already taken over Europe.If Israel is destroted the muslins next real estate objective will be the United States.
I for one would not hesitate to attack Iran’s command and control and annihilate its nuclear program. It would probably take 2 days and the world would breath a lot easier. Leave Israel out of it.
Then perhaps all the other bogus countries that cause fear and conflict, such as North Korea, will take notice next time they are told to stop and desist with the bullsh*t.

Jul 01, 2012 10:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:

@yzdeaner: About 3.2% of the EU’s population is Muslim, you impressionable imbecile.

Otherwise, this war you want so badly, you’ll get it, along with all the perks of being a ‘liberator’: 50’000 coffins flown home, 100′s of thousands of paraplegics, and an entire generation of America’s youth lost to the whims of even greater imbeciles than yourself.

Here’s hoping that you, yourself, will enlist to go and fight this holiest of wars. Put your money where your foaming mouth is.

@Knightchris: must be a beautiful thing living in your very own bubble. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we actually have to contend with reality.

Jul 01, 2012 11:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

So, let me get this straight: Iran ‘threatens’ to fight back should Israel launch an attack? I sometimes wonder: would the US fight back if it were attacked? Would Israel? Would you fight back as an individual if you were attacked? Lets be clear: Iran is not ‘threatening’ anyone. Iran is under a continous barrage of sanctions and even attempts to unleash nuclear winter with ‘Stuxnet” and other computer viruses. In a cowboy movie, Iran would be wearing the white hat.

Jul 01, 2012 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gulf wrote:

Allah be damed.
Do something or go home with your little PEE=PEE between your legs.
Your father must have be a real pussy.

Jul 01, 2012 11:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
radiomankc wrote:

See in America, we just don’t have to do that much practice. When the time comes, we’ll just enter in the Iranian Target Packages, declare “1SQ for Strategic Missile Launch”, and turn keys.

Jul 01, 2012 11:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dmnnumberone wrote:

I’d personally like to encourage you both to make peace so i could get married and have kids. I have to prove to the nonbelievers that God exists. Sins are all in the mind and therefore easily conquered. Open communication can change the World during our life time. There is only one God. The Tribes of Abraham gave Isreal the designition of taking care of the oracle of God. We should respect our forefathers and respect each other’s religions, so that we can all conquer for the Lord. Each Religion is a counter weight that gives context and balance to the Testimony of God. “Good Morning.”
The United Nations would agree to let you develop Nuclear Energy if you’d assure that it was on peaceful terms. The Muslims would be more considerate if you’d appreciate thier involvement in your history. I’d like a normal life, but we all need to realize that’s not in the cards for Me. Let this paragraph catalyze change for the betterment of a united society.

Jul 01, 2012 12:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:

There goes the threat again, where are all the pro american iranians from a few weeks ago saying how aljahmenhabib words were twisted through media when he said it in 2005? Now one of his kakiroaches (i know its spelt wrong freaks, intentional) has stated the same claim to “wipe Israel off the map”.

To Israel – Three strikes your out get my point? Fire up your rockets preemptively. Although I don’t agree with how your country brought the US down in the past in the worlds eyes (now our politicians are doing a fine job of that on their own) I don’t feel your people deserve another genocide attack. I believe once in the life of a planet is enough for any race.

To Iranians – Free yourselves before it’s too late, look at all the other middle eastern nations that have crumbled in the past year.

To the Iranian government and its lunatic ruler – Bring it, you will be a pile of ash before our ground troops land. This will be a war against our navy and airforce long before a ground troop touches your soil. You will be the ones who are “wiped off the map” then a new democratic government will be installed. Saddam was found in a rat hole, Ghadafi was found in a sewer pipe, and Osama was taking out with a bullet through the eye on enemy soil (yes pakistan is an enemy). Aljehemhabib you will be next, possibly before assad.

You can get the finger, the middle.

Jul 01, 2012 12:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
diddums wrote:

Typical Reuters, scaremongering headline.

Jul 02, 2012 1:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
janebond007 wrote:

Remember North Korea. Sanctions & bribes don’t work so well with this sort.

Jul 02, 2012 1:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KDK1 wrote:

Please. Not this poppycock again. So sick of these presstitutes, the U A**S AND FIZZrael and their never-ending bluster, doubletalk and hypocrisy. You want to start WWIII so bad then just shut up and do it. Stop trying to justify it with the same recycled genuine faux threats against “God’s favorite Hall Monitors”.

And if you’re not going to get the war started with no further prattling then how about fixing the f**** trade deficit and getting our industry back on its feet? You mean to tell me you’ve got nothing in particular to attend to domestically?

Jul 02, 2012 1:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
richard19.08 wrote:

The US wants a war with Iran for its geo-political importance and its resources (oil). Therefore, America will wage war on Iran.

Jul 02, 2012 3:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
richard19.08 wrote:

The US wants a war with Iran for its geo-political importance and its resources (oil). Therefore, America will wage war on Iran.

Jul 02, 2012 3:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TyroneJ wrote:

Great! Iran will release more Photoshopped photos of their joke weapon systems.

Jul 02, 2012 4:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

TyroneJ: You are just another dummy who doesn’t know what he is talking about. Iran is one of only 9 countries in the world that has sent a domestically built satellite to space. Iran is one of the top 10 military powers in the world. And, you are claiming that their entire military strength is based on Photoshop. Why don’t you tell the Pentagon and the IDF about your great discovery. I am sure they will attack Iran the next day if what you say is true. Why don’t you go back to reading your comics.

Jul 02, 2012 6:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bitemyshiney wrote:

Simply not believable!
Iran has not attacked another country in over 200 years. They never said “wipe Israel off the map”. This is article is another lie to get you to send your sons & daughters to war so Barry can get re-elected and the bankers get to make plenty of money.
Not be fooled by the lies of the lame stream media!

Jul 02, 2012 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Samsense wrote:

What does it take for the world to recognize Iran is incapable of yielding to any compromise? The religious leaders answer only to muhammud. Everything else is irrelevant. It won’t change.

Jul 02, 2012 8:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crazy_Redneck wrote:

“threatened to wipe Israel “off the face of the earth” if the Jewish state attacked it”

How is that a threat? It sounds more like an intention to retaliate if attacked first by someone else.

Jul 02, 2012 8:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HAL.9000 wrote:

Can’t we just get this fight over with already. Let the nukes fly.

Jul 02, 2012 9:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Snaproll wrote:

Headline says “Iran Threatens Israel”. Read the story and you find that what Iran actually said was that if Israel attacks them, they will retaliate. Pretty mis-leading. Slap headline writer on wrist.

Jul 02, 2012 9:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gizz wrote:

Logical123 your ‘mistranslation’ of the wipe Israel off the map was given by the official Iranian state news agency. If you believe they incorrectly translated Ahmadinejads words why didnt they clarify?

Do you find any mistranslation in the ‘mar barg israel’ (death to Israel) banners they draped on their ballistic missile launchers during their yearly Army Day military parade?

Jul 02, 2012 9:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DBerger wrote:

“Israel says it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear aims.” Diplomacy? I’m not seeing much of that. Economic sanctions are themselves an act of war. To hell with Israel and all the hypocrites who support what they and their gangster cohorts do.

Jul 02, 2012 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RoaringFish wrote:

It seems that the wingnuts think Iran has no right to self-defence if peace-loving Israel attacks it.

Israel attacks – the wingnuts cheer their bravery and nobility. Iran retaliates – the wingnuts say Iran is a threat to the peaceful Israelis. Where will the pretzel logic of the wingnuts end?

Jul 02, 2012 9:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trayveler wrote:

In the United States and abroad, many appear to have become desensitized to the principles of international law when they limit Washington’s desire to attack another sovereign state under the guise of making Americans safer, or the latest rubric of convenience. After 9/11 and the neocon ascension, starting the kind of “aggressive war” that was specifically criminalized at Nuremberg in 1945 gained gradual acceptance. As the media’s headline ‘framing’ of this issue in this particular article clearly demonstrates, the media comfortably accept it as a given that it would now be certainly okay if rogue nuclear power Israel and/or the U.S. attacked the Islamic Republic should that peaceful nation pursue its legal rights under the non-proliferation treaty it has signed (and honored), even though there is no legitimate international law or precedent available to justify doing so. Moreover, both Washington and rogue nuclear proliferator Israel further artfully assert that it would not be justifiable, or appropriate, or understandable, if Iran responded in kind to such blatant aggression. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter expressly prohibits the threat to use aggressive force as well as the actual use of force – threats that both Washington and Israel routinely make against Iran. And when U.S. officials, from Obama on down, repeat the mantra that “everything is on the table,” including the “military option,” a clear violation of the UN Charter, no one here seems bothered by that fact. Bottom line: International law is, as Washington and Israel say, “not a problem.”

Jul 02, 2012 10:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ghost62 wrote:

I am so glad we continue to have an over abundance of Military, and Middle Eastern experts here to draw from their vast experience in these matters. Perhaps there is a possibility that from this pool of knowledge we can also solve all of the problems this planet faces. Mankind is inherently flawed. The one thing that cause everything that mankind does to fail is the human factor. Face it as a race we are flawed. A perfect government could never work because it would require Humans in the equation. Eventually we will get it right, but until then we just keep on blaming others for our flaws and prove it by destroying them. I pity those who assume to be superior, for they will be the instrument of there own demise. Humility and compassion is part of the true path to perfection, but not the entire journey. I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do see some of the flaws.

Jul 02, 2012 10:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlexJones wrote:

Only threats I see are coming FROM Israel.

Imagine China taking over Canada and Mexico and then saying we are the problem.

No more war for Israel.

Jul 02, 2012 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Yes all you have to do is look in the mirror to see the flaws, and try to be a better (whatever), man, person, tomorrow, than today.
You are not in competition with anyone else, just you self. If you see no room for improvement you failed, start at square one again.

Jul 02, 2012 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Spacetime wrote:

People ignored it’s Israel who threatened bombing Iran first and it has pushed US fighting Iran for decades. Israeli terrorists assassinated Iranian scientists and attacked Iran’s computer systems many time.

Jul 02, 2012 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Gizz: Yes, the original mistaken translation appeared on a government Web site. So, what? Do you think that the “Government” is some specific individual and everything that he says is sacrosanct? When are you guys going to get off this ridiculous bandwagon and stop worrying about what someone may or may not have said in 2005? It was just a quotation from Khomeini anyway.

If you are so hung up on this issue, as I told someone else, read a document called “The Rumor of the Century” and just shut up about this issue.

As for slogans of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” have you heard of freedom of speech? In Iran, it is a tradition to call for the death of anything they don’t like, even for inanimate objects. Do you have a problem with that? You are going to bomb them for just some words? If I called you “stupid,” are you going to shoot me?

Jul 02, 2012 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brazilian1 wrote:

Dear Reuters

I am so glad you put Ahmadinejad’s words between inverted commas.

But you see the advocates of the 21st Century Hitler have already started saying he has not said “wipe off the map”?

The guy is not willing to desguise his anti-semitism and hatred for the Jews himself, and yet the hardcore leftist activists are always willing!

I tell (as usual) Goebbels would have been impressed.

Jul 02, 2012 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brazilian1 wrote:

Those who are antisemitic themselves can never see antisemitism in other people.
Is that you case?

Jul 02, 2012 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BIGEEE1 wrote:

Islam seems more and more to be the cancerous tumor on the lung of humanity. Where is the vocal Muslim opposition decrying the madness of statements calling for the destruction of another country? I would suggest that the silence indicates that they too share the goal of the extermination of Israel. A religion of peace would never sway their faithful to both threaten and follow through on terroristic atrocities.

Jul 02, 2012 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Brazilian1: How did you derive your great observation? Is it a law of physics? On the contrary, if someone is not antisemitic, he can distinguish between the two. If you consider every criticism of Israel as antisemitism, then there is nothing to talk about with you. Your mind is made up and no fact will change it.

Jul 02, 2012 12:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

@Not so Logical123: Me thinks you should slow down abit. You are jumping to unjustified conclusions.

“xcanada2: Being a Canadian, one should expect that you an uneducated dummy and no doubt you are one. So, you believe everything you read in Wikipedia? Then, you also quote Reuters, which many of us having stating right here is simply not credible. Are you too dumb to even read? ”

Try taking that finger and turning it around to point at yourself!

Jul 02, 2012 1:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brazilian1 wrote:

Hi Logical 123
I derived my great observation from your previous comment. Was it a fact?

Jul 02, 2012 1:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
logibear wrote:

All this saber rattleing should come as no suprise to anybody paying attention.The coward in cheif,comrad president Obama has repeatedly
signald that he is spineless in the face of international threats.He
readily takes credit for killing Binladen,but its common knowledge that
he waited eighteen hours to make the final decision and had to be dragged off the golf course and shamed into it by Panneta and Clinton.
Aslong as Obama is president,Iran will do as they please.

Jul 02, 2012 1:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
eniminimo wrote:

Easy easy easy way out…..unlimited, unobstructed, random, inspections of all suspect sites, total cooperation with IAEA inspectors, total disclosure and access to any facility any time any place.

Simply won’t happen. Ever. The dogs will eventually be unleashed, once again a madman will the cause of the death of thousands. Let the hate continue.

Jul 02, 2012 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chillpill70 wrote:

a) Iran didnt say “wipe Israel off the Map”, he said in farsi “Remove the Zionist Regime”.
Seconds @mils54 Do not be fooled about Irans missiles, Its Russians and Chinas I would worry about, because an Attack on Iran would activate joint treaties of war, Including Pakistan. Thats 3 nuclear nations ,with ALOT of missiles.

Jul 02, 2012 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

xcanada2: Canada under Harper has become the country that is most devoted to Israel, even more so than the US if you can believe it. Thus, I rarely see a sensible comment by a Canadian about Iran or Israel. Of course, there are exceptions, but what I said is a fact.

Jul 02, 2012 3:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dhirajkunar wrote:

yzdeaner – what you are talking is bull**it. Why do you think Iran is so confident about itself and defying the western diktat ? Because it is very likely they already have the bombs. From next door Pakistan. Pak just needs some money. Iran has lots of it. So why should Iran not confront the west ?

In fact it is this reason why the west has not attacked Iran till now. Nor ever. America/Israel would have attacked Iran long ago if the guys did not have the bomb. Just wait and see – if any attack happens, they might – quite possible – test ten bombs and become a powerful nation. The west will have to back off. Period.

Jul 02, 2012 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

Gas prices are getting to low. Time to beat the war drums.

Jul 02, 2012 3:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

@Logical123: I hate to be such a bore about this, but why don’t you read what I said a little more carefully? I am not disagreeing with your conclusions, just your very arrogant ways. Try not to be such a creep, and you might actually do some good.

Jul 02, 2012 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Dhirajkunar: You are another Indian hallucinating about Pakistan. Well, Pakistan has nukes and the US bombs it every day. So, your theory is out of the window. Besides, Iran wouldn’t want the ancient technology of Pakistan anyway. But, Iranians have no interest in nukes. So, why don’t you say something that makes sense. I suggest you talk about the poor in India.

Jul 02, 2012 4:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scythe wrote:

reuters needs to post a link to the transcript

irna provided the following

the report is about self-defense where Commander of IRGC Aerospace Department Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh made the remarks in a meeting with foreign military attaches residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran generally differentiates between Israeli citizens, Israel, and the “zionist regime” (apartheid, neo-colonialism, war-mongering)

“Palestinians and Israeli citizens united against apartheid Zionism”

“Zionist parties reach a dead end in Israel: Analyst”

Jul 02, 2012 5:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
michaelp wrote:

OUR DICTATOR IS JUST AS BAD. Why don’t we have coal, nuclear,ect. Because Obama shut them down ! Sure would have come in handy, with the heat wave ! But I am sure Obama is cool, while the rest melt down. Having a Communist president ! Is the end of America !

Jul 02, 2012 5:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

xcanada2: You are right and I apologize. I recently had an unfortunate exchange in a Canadian publication and I did not read your post carefully. I fully agree with what you said, but I was a little concerned with your quoting Wikipedia, not the most reliable source.

As for the nonsense about “wiping out Israel,” the following are two good sources (you already mentioned the author of one):

Again, please accept my apologies.

Jul 02, 2012 6:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

Israel has already declared war and done dozens of espionage attacks against Iran over the last 2 years. Cyber attacks and individual assassinations. Not to mention working with the USA to attack Iraq and now pushing, consoling and demanding the USA strike Iran now too.

The writing is on the wall. Would you too not want to arm yourself against a lethally armed country with the USA as it’s ally and use big talk if you get attacked.

There is not doubt in my mind that no matter what Iran does or says – the will be attacked in 2012 by the USA and Israel. Nuclear program or not. Iran is smart enough to get sucked in by all the espionage. Time is ticking and money and bets are being wasted. We will see a dirty bomb on the USA soil to fast-track the IRAN war. No fingerprints this time.

Jul 02, 2012 8:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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Jul 03, 2012 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
topskeptic2 wrote:

Iran didn’t say it will have a fun week-end and wipe Israel off the map. It said:”If Israel attacks Iran, It will retaliate severely”. This is just ordinary war talk. Israel does it daily; Obama does it Occasionaly and some of the brainless remarks in reply to this article does it regularly. So, What’s new in propaganda?

Jul 03, 2012 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zorba wrote:

The headline is a lie. What Iran actually said was it would DEFEND ITSELF with a RETALIATION. The report by Reuters is clear and deceptive propaganda spin. That to make it sound like Iran was being aggressive with a first strike.

Jul 03, 2012 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KraftPaper wrote:

Iran is so pathetic.

Jul 05, 2012 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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