A necessary comparison
Riccardo Dugulin
Published: 24.09.12, 17:52
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1. Iran may be tempted to make a Pearl Harbor attack
Septimus Severus ,   Rome   (09.24.12)
But the game will finish for them like Hiroshima.
2. This article is extremely offensive to Japan
Avner ,   Tel Aviv   (09.24.12)
An extremely simplistic and stupid article, which compares a highly advanced civilization like Japan's, which just happened to fall foul of American interests - with the primitive Iranians.
3. #2 showing his ignorance
Avi   (09.24.12)
You know nothing of history. Fall foul of american interests? Is that what you call attacking pearl harbor? Invading China? Training stabbing on living prisoners? The atrocities they committed? Advanced civilization? You know, they called the germans civilized too at the time, during the rumors of minorities being rounded up in camps. The difference is that they didn't know then what you know now, and yet you call WW2 Japan civilized and advanced. Shame on you. Read a book.
4. Expansionist Iran is the "Big Lie" in the PSYWAR, a fantasy
Steven Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (09.24.12)
...promoted by Israel, to sanction Iran, and to disguise illegal settlements in the West Bank, as a military necessity for Israeli security.
5. at number 2.
Gabriel ,   Leiden, Netherlands   (09.24.12)
Civilized, he says.... Yeah, tell that to the Chinese who's children were bayonetted as a sport, to name just but a thing. They mislike Japan for a reason. Please explain yourself to the Koreans who were used like slaves. Tell that to the European civilians and American prisoners of war who fell into their hands. Tell that to the young women and children (including some of my very Jewish female family members back then who lived in the Dutch East Indies) who were forced to serve as ''comfort girls'' for these swine. ''Just happened to fall foul of American interests'', indeed. Not quite, Bubbeleh.
6. Japan didn't have oil and neither did Germany
r ,   Atlanta, USA   (09.24.12)
add nukes and 80 million fanatical I.ranian plus other Muslim recrui ts and it is scary sceanario for everyone.
7. Israeli Defensive Preemption
Mark of Lewiston ,   USA   (09.24.12)
An Israeli attack on the Iranian facilities would be exactly the same as Tojo intended at Pearl Harbor.. Defensive Preemption is just that. It sets in motion forces that nobody wants. The concept is bankrupt.
8. Iranian Threat
Henry Alcantara ,   Cavite, Philippines   (09.25.12)
Masters and doctorate degrees are no help in analyzing current events unless it is viewed from the perspective of Bible Prophecy and recent messages and warnings from Heaven. World leaders will be moved to make decisions leading to war. War is a punishment if not to manifest the Glory of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The unbelieving Israel will be destroyed apart from a remnant. Jesus will reign in Jerusalem as King of all nations. Amen
9. #7 Mark of Lewiston
Albrecht Klein ,   Germany   (09.25.12)
Do you think, a nuclear armed Iran is in the very own interests of the USA?
10. Iran is going down. How it gets there is not important
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (09.25.12)
11. A necessary comparison? No, a stupid one
Mr. Reasonable   (09.25.12)
Why is Ynet giving an editorial platform to a guy who works for a medical and security assistance company as if he was an expert? How does he have the audacity to portend to be an expert on the Israel-Iran conflict while living in Paris, France? There are so many false assumptions and errors in here, but I don't want to waste my time identifying them (you can find one or two in each paragraph). If you think Iran would resort to an Pearl Harbor-esque attack against America (the Japanese were military titans, Iran doesn't have the firepower, willpower, or ability to fight like the Japanese did), he is simply inept in his analysis and should stick to selling band aids instead of commenting on Iran's possible military strategy, which, in this case, would see the country decimated to the point of no return.
12. a wrong comparison
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (09.25.12)
The Japanese were very arrogant and believed they were meant to rule other peoples. The Iranians are the people who invented chess. Why should they lose everything in a Pearl-Harbor type attack? Instead, Iran can use insurgency, people-power and low-intensity warfare. Just like they captured Iraq from Obama and defeated Obama in Afghanistan, Iran can attain all their goals by never passing the threshold where the US gathers the will to eradicate them. Nukes are important to raise that threshold by making an American attack too costly.
13. To: No. 7
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (09.26.12)
Tojo didn't have nuclear weapons. Israel does. Japan did not threaten to wipe the United States from the map. Iran has done just that with respect to Israel. "Defensive preemption," you call it? We call it survival. You're ready to sacrifice Israel as a pawn in order to keep Iran happy? You think that will make the Middle East a happy, stable place? Well, that makes you both morally bankrupt AND incredibly stupid. Israel has every right to exist, and to do that which it must to ensure that existence. Of course, Iran -- being far too afraid of Israel -- will retaliate against an Israeli pre-emptive strike by targeting a United States asset, either a military base or a U.S. naval vessel in the Gulf. But that would be the United States' problem, wouldn't it? Suck it up, honey, just the way the United States told Israel to suck it up when Iraq retaliated against the Coalition strikes by firing SCUDs into Israel. Gosh. I sure do hope your daughter is no longer deployed in the Gulf. What a shame that your president considers your precious daughter -- and the other precious sons and daughters deployed with her -- to be nothing more than cannon fodder. But you'd give him another four years in a heartbeat, wouldn't you? More fool you. Look at the mess your president has made in the Middle East. Has it ever occurred to you that he just might have a private agenda? I truly hope that your daughter -- and all her fellow loyal Americans -- remain safe. It's Obama's job to ensure just that, but he doesn't seem to take seriously the fact that he does in fact work for the American people, does he?
14. To: No. 4
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (09.26.12)
Oh, so you don't believe in "expansionist Iran?" Really? How do you account for the presence of all those Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen in Iraq? In Syria? You are a complete fool. As to the question of military necessity -- are you so poorly educated that I must remind you that the United States considered it a military necessity to occupy the Philippines, the Marshall Islands and Guam, following its war against Spain? How about Okinawa and Iwo Jima following World War II? While the United States returned Iwo Jima to Japan in 1968, it returned only 10% of Okinawa to Japan -- in 1972 -- and kept the rest. Fort Buckner represents the 90% remaining portion of Okinawa. The native Okinawans were all either crowded into that remaining 10% of Okinawa, or sent to other Japanese islands. Oh, wait! That was a war, right? Just like the DEFENSIVE war that Israel fought against Jordan in 1967. You're so filled with hatred of the Jewish people and the State of Israel that you cannot see the facts, can you? What a shame. Go ahead, wallow in your c omplete ignorance. Doesn't bother Israel. Hell, we'll throw a pig in there for you to wallow with, too! Enjoy.
15. beragil
beragil   (09.25.12)
Why should they lose everything in a Pearl-Harbor type attack? Instead, Iran can use insurgency, people-power and low-intensity warfare. i feel that is the right Answer
Nowhere Man ,   Metropolis, Zion   (09.27.12)
...in that case, Iran is no more irrational than any other country in her situation, as was Japan. As you mention in your article, it's the sanctions & the isolation that made Japan launch it's attack.
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