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It would be

helpful if Ron Paul had upgraded his Cold War comparisons to modern time. RP likes to give us two rationales (which we parrot) 1) USA managed to live with USSR without a war; 2) Iranian history was rational peaceful one.

1) It makes sense to remind that today CIA pays $6B/yr to Pakistan to keep somewhat secular government there. CIA does not give a penny to India's current socialist government or to communist N. Korea. CIA has no access to Iranian government.

2) Iranian mullahs appoint presidential cabinet positions. The same mullahs had armed their own children with Koran to march against Iraqi army (Saddam did not flinch and shot them at will. UN did not produce a peep.)

You may trust mullahs, but others have their own level of safety.