[Our] assumptions [about Iran] are not supported by reality. Sociologists and scholars say that Islam in Iran is more ritualistic than ideological or doctrine-driven. In the streets of Tehran, one comes across portraits of various prophets and the great Shia imams, including Hossain.-- Praful Bidwai, "Iran Won't Be Bullied", antiwar.com, 06 May 2006
Why do we put our faith in death and destruction?
Why are so many Americans obsessed with destroying Iran? That's the question Pat Buchanan asks:
“Iran is not seeking to have the atomic bomb, possession of which is pointless, dangerous, and is a great sin from an intellectual and a religious point of view.”-- Pat Buchanan, "Why This Obsession With Iran?", Antiwar.Com, 06 Jul 2012
Thus did supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declare in February that Iran’s possession of atomic weapons would be a mortal sin against Allah.
It is also the unanimous judgment of the U.S. intelligence community, declared in 2007 and affirmed in 2011, that Iran has abandoned any program to build nuclear weapons.
Is the ayatollah lying? Is the entire U.S. intel community wrong?
Iran’s plants at Natanz, where uranium is enriched to 5%, and at Fordow, where it is enriched to 20% — both below weapons grade — are under constant U.N. monitoring. Iran has offered to surrender its 20% uranium and cease enriching to that level, if the West will provide isotopes for its nuclear medicine and lift some of the more onerous sanctions.
No deal, says the United States. Iran must give up enrichment entirely and indefinitely.