Top Things you Think You Know about Iran that are not true

Here are the (false) beliefs:

Belief: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the US

Belief: Iran is a militarized society bristling with dangerous weapons and a growing threat to world peace.

Belief: Iran has threatened to attack Israel militarily and to “wipe it off the map.”

Belief: But didn’t President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threaten to ‘wipe Israel off the map?’

Belief: But aren’t Iranians Holocaust deniers?

Belief: Iran is like North Korea in having an active nuclear weapons program, and is the same sort of threat to the world.

Belief: The West recently discovered a secret Iranian nuclear weapons plant in a mountain near Qom.

Belief: The world should sanction Iran not only because of its nuclear enrichment research program but also because the current regime stole June’s presidential election and brutally repressed the subsequent demonstrations.

Belief: Isn’t the Iranian regime irrational and crazed, so that a doctrine of mutally assured destruction just would not work with them?

Belief: The international community would not have put sanctions on Iran, and would not be so worried, if it were not a gathering nuclear threat.

Here are the (correct and actually based in reality) answers.  Thanks to Steven St.Jean for the link after I didn’t go on LRC all day long (gasp!).

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