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  • Morning Bell: The Iranian Threat That Can't Be Ignored

    The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” And now Iran stands poised to have its finger on the trigger of a nuclear weapon, yet the Obama Administration continues to remain virtually silent on the nascent threat, all while the clouds amassing over the Iranian Peninsula are growing too dark to ignore.

    Yesterday, following news that Iran plans to triple its output of higher-grade uranium, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement calling for Iran to provide more information about its nuclear intentions and that the country’s nuclear drive is causing “deep concern” to a number of world powers. Meanwhile, the United States issued sanctions on Iran’s police chief and three government entities it says are involved in the brutal repression of Iranian citizens.

    But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    Heritage’s James Phillips writes that Iran’s uranium enrichment program has increased by 84 percent since 2009, according to a new study by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, and author Greg Jones projects that Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to fuel a nuclear weapon in about 62 days if it chose to do so.

    According to unconfirmed reports, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has acquired two missile warheads capable of being armed with a nuclear weapon. And a recently leaked U.N. report described suspected ballistic missile technology exchanges between North Korea and Iran, with the technology transiting through an unnamed neighboring country, which several U.N. diplomats, under the condition of anonymity, have identified as China.

    Apart from Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, the country is also fomenting political unrest in the Middle East. Heritage’s Peter Brookes wrote in March of news that NATO forces in April seized 50 Iranian rockets destined for the Taliban in support of its expected spring offensive. The weapons could have been used to target U.S. and coalition forces as well as terror weapons against population centers.

    Then there’s Iran’s plan to further eviscerate the freedom of speech by creating its own version of the Internet — yet another step in the repression of its people.

    But these threats upon threats only saw scant mention in yesterday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta who remarked that he would address Iran’s nuclear activities in a closed session while acknowledging that “there’s no question they continue to try to develop some kind of nuclear capability.”

    It’s not the first time a member of the Obama Administration has skimmed over the issue, and it starts at the very top. In a major speech on the Middle East last month, President Obama only said that “our opposition to Iran’s intolerance and Iran’s repressive measures, as well as its illicit nuclear program and its support of terror, is well known.” His soft words belied the serious nature of Iran’s growing threat.

    The President’s refusal to honestly confront the severity of the Iranian threat — let alone condemn the regime’s actions — is in keeping with his pursuit of his new way in the Middle East, an Obama Doctrine characterized by charming one’s enemies rather than recognizing the realities of the world. Heritage’s James Carafano writes:

    Once in the White House, President Obama focused laser-like on a “charm offensive” with Iran. When voices rose against the regime in Tehran in the wake of a disputed national election, Obama offered virtually no support for the cries for freedom. Nevertheless, the “playing nice initiative” with Tehran fell flat. Today, the regime is more aggressive than ever—backing a terrorist take-over of the government in Lebanon, snubbing Western nuclear negotiators, and promoting an Islamist agenda across the region.

    At this point, though, the President’s charm offensive isn’t working. Now is the time to not only acknowledge the problem but push back on Tehran, counter its quest for regional dominance, press for aggressive implementation of existing sanctions, fight for more comprehensive sanctions, and rally international condemnation of Iran’s human rights abuses.

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    56 Responses to Morning Bell: The Iranian Threat That Can't Be Ignored

    1. Ben C., Ann Arbor, M says:

      Obama is making Jimmy Carter proud. And we know what Carter did. And what are the "sanctions" against the Iranian police – revoking their parking priviledges in the United States? Seriously.

    2. Mary............WI says:

      Obama is either too scared to handle Iran or too inept.

    3. LibertyAtStake says:

      BHO's failed "charm offensive" with the mullahs of Tehran is going to be one heck of an "inheritance" for the next POTUS.

      d(^_^)b
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      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    4. fly eye says:

      just remember….its always easy to tell when iran is lying…their mouth will be moving!!!!

    5. Marnott says:

      The Obama Administration remains silent while silently cheering inside. His only concern is there might be a radioactive cloud that would ground Air Force One or delay a golf game. How long have people been without work and struggling in the U.S. and suddenly he thinks he might not be re-elected and calls a conference with his remaining economic advisers. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Those who are not students of history are doomed to repeat it.

    6. fly eye says:

      always remember…its very easy to tell when iran is lying…their mouth will be moving!!

    7. stephen Fultz says:

      Looks like no ones paying attention to your wolf cry for the security of Isreal and the middle east, by means of an American intervention.

    8. Frank, Florida says:

      Looks like it will only be Israel that finally acts against Iran's impending nuclear weapons. And they will act only out of self defense against the declared intend of Iran to wipe them off the face of the Earth. The USA & UN, as usual, are about useless. The USA really should get out of the UN & get the UN out of the USA.

    9. Robert, North Richla says:

      Ahmad-nutjob with nuclear weapons is a major threat to our troops, allies, and friends. The threat to Europe and Asia's main oil supply (along with our own) will have major economic consequences. It would be nice if we had a sensible energy policy, let alone a strategic energy policy to protect US. We replace coaches, quarterbacks, sports players (and auto CEO's) in a heartbeat. Is our only option to wait seventeen months for another meaningless election?

    10. Carol USA says:

      Freedom!

      You Can't hold it

      You can't feel it

      You can't see it

      You can't smell it

      You can't eat it

      You can't save it on a shelf

      But make no mistake you Will Know it when you lose it!

      God bless Israel and God bless Amearica

    11. Victor Barney, LeHig says:

      The Bible clearly identifies a ten horn beast in Revelation that also identifies an Islamic caliphate, which includes Iran, but is headquartered in Babylon! Watch, because this caliphate is coming soon to create another caliphate with Marxism and our (u.s.) President Obama! Eve started man's age 6,000 years ago and now is ending it and again through her "intellectualizing!" Again, watch! p.s., Besides the blacks, who else do "you" think will give each other presents when this self-professed Anti-Christ(Marxist) kills the two-witnesses in chapter 11 in the book of Revelation? Watch!

    12. Pete, Houston Texas says:

      We should reduce our nuclear stockpile by dropping it on Iran and North Korea. Should get the Chinese to pay attention when that delivery happens in their playground. Would just explain it as an accident that happens when you play with nuclear weapons. Pick a day with a proper wind direction so that the fall out lands appropriately.

    13. Kevinbsnyder North C says:

      Excellent post. I expect Obama will not do anything about Iran. I wrote an article in my blog about this as well.

      http://www.kevinbsnyder.com

    14. Reed Carpenter in Al says:

      Perhaps our stance towards Iran's nuclear weapon program could be…"The ONLY way Iran will have nuclear weapons is if we deliver them".

    15. Judith in Michigan says:

      President Obama's words and lack of real actions plus Mr Panetta's words do not instill any confidence that they possess the skills, knowledge or will to stop Iran. One could be excused for wondering what the motives are for doing nothing concrete to stop the madness.

      No one with any intelligence at all could acknowledge that the Iranian regime will bow to sanctions and pleas. They have one goal only. Destroy Israel. Nothing will stop them. Nothing. Israel's population of almost 8 million people will be incinerated instantly. Gone. Wiped off of the map. And after this new holocaust happens, there will be much hand-wringing and puzzlement around the world as to why it wasn't prevented.

      You can then be assured that The United States will be next on their list. You can bet on it.

    16. KC - New Mexico says:

      If I was Israel, I would be very worried and concerned. Israel no longer has a strong ally in the West with Obama at the helm. Iran can do just about anything they want to do. Our State Department is a joke right along with the President and his apologetic process to the world. Good luck to the few countries that actually like the USA. We do not have your back! We have our own problems, no one is going to help us but we Americans – time for change before it is too late!

    17. Quinterius, US says:

      It is amazing that Mr. Brownfield repeats the tired old lie about Iranian President Ahmadinejad wanting to "wipe out Israel." How much longer does this lie have to be repeated? Either Mr. Brownfield has been asleep since 2005 when this rumor came out or he thinks (quite properly) that readers have been sleeping since then. To repeat for the hundredth time, Ahmadinejad only quoted Khomeini's statement that one day Israel would disappear just like the Soviet Union, the Roman Empire or Yugoslavia. Nobody said that Iran would have a hand in this event. And, no one said that any of the people of Israel would have to killed to achieve this goal. Now, can we please get to the real issues instead of repeating this nonsense over and over again?

      Considering the other points in this article, Iran is indeed increasing its peaceful activities in the nuclear field. However, the 2011 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has stated unequivocally that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. The missile developments have nothing to do with nuclear weapons. It is like saying a truck can be used to transport weapons, so we should destroy all trucks. It is simply laughable. The US has surrounded Iran from at least three sides. Do you expect Iran to be a sitting duck like Iraq or Libya? Iran is intent on defending itself from any aggressive actions from the US or Israel. So, let's stop all these wild accusations.

      Finally, President Obama “charm offensive” towards Iran never materialized. It was all a pretense to justify a policy that has been more aggressive than President Bush's policy towards Iran. The so-called negotiations with Iran have been totally useless since the US keeps imposing more sanctions on Iran and is making ridiculous demands on that country.

    18. Byren Stowe, Tooele, says:

      We, meaning America and western society, have what is potentialy, a greater concern than Iran aquiring nuclear weapons. That is absoloutly a grave concern. It is potentialy devastang on a global scale, but we have the ability to confront and neutralize such a threat before it ever develops into death and destruction. The real question is will we use that abitlty?

      This president has repeatedly and consistently taken the side of those who hate western civilization while silmotaneously placing his foot out to trip up our Allies, most notably Israel.

      I have written my "representatives" in our nations capitol several times expressing my concern for "where this Presidents loyalties lie".. THAT appears to be the greatest threat to western civilization we have ever known. And I will continue to express that concern in every way possible.

      Heratige may not be able to say it, Fox news and talk radio hosts may not be able to say it, but I can. As far as I am concerned, Barrack Hussien Obama is nothing less than a muslim sympathiser and some of his actions are tantamount to treason.

    19. mike From Long Islan says:

      Well, if the world lets Iran develope a nuclear tipped IRBM, then of course, Israel "in self defense" will probably launch a "pre-emptive strike" in order to protect itself. And so will begin WW III and maybe Armegeddon. What say you all concerning this matter? And what should be accomplished in the time that we may have to prevent it ?

    20. Byren Stowe, Tooele, says:

      Furthermore, if Iran is allowed to aquire an atomic bomb, the blame and the blood of any fatalitys incurred should fall squarley on the shoulders of this President for allowing it. We are talking about a potential nuclear holocaust while Obama has more important things to consider, like shaving strokes off his golf score.

      When the mushroom cloud goes up, it is Obamas fault, end of line. No excuses. No exceptions.

    21. Aaron, California says:

      With the exception of the increase in military presence in Afghanistan, this administration has continually resorted to stern finger waivings at every other international conflict. There was continual silence when Egypt errupted, Lybia, Syria, and all other erruptions in the region. He has yet to opine on the end results either. Is this what we are to expect? Unlike the podium race that came after the Bin Laden snuffing, this administration seem reticent to sit back and watch, pull straws, and see what side if any they are going to take. The ultimate and end result is the complete absence of leadership.

    22. VC Geezer, Nevada says:

      While Rome burns, Obama fiddles…

    23. rosemarie douglass says:

      the leader from iran told his people that europa is keeping the rain away from iran

      dosent that tel the people somthing

      he is not working whit a full deck

    24. Kaydell Bowles, Brig says:

      The question to be asked, "has appeasement worked against those political enemies who have a goal for power and greatness",? The answer is no! Not in World War I; not in World War II.

      We have a President who does not want to address the hard issues but only the pretense of addressing the concern. The Liberal Media as his water carriers are on the same page. So what is new? The American people are already on a Nantucket sleigh ride! This is only going to get worse and more danger and threat to all peace loving people.

    25. LRP, Shenandoah Vall says:

      Just how far can this guy (BHO) put his head in the sand??

    26. Jim Patterson, Dulut says:

      All Prezbo has is a "charm offensive" whether it be foreign policy, jobs, etc. On to European style socialism here we come!

    27. jim delaney says:

      Clearly, it's time for the USA to step off the proverbial dime while it still can. Iran's government is a menace to the civilized world. If Obama won't take convincing preemptive action, then I pray Israel will. The Iranian threat has been terribly, almost criminally, mismanaged by this maladroit administration. Charge into Libya, but treat Iran with kid gloves? Idiotic and self-destructive.

    28. Jim McKinney, Clevel says:

      Iran and all radical Muslims view failure to be forceful and directly deal with these kinds of situations as a sign of weakness. In this case I agree with them. Our president is either weak and undecisive or he is intentionally giving the radical Muslims every chance they need to accomplish their ultimate goal of a 100% Muslim world. He is showing every sign of both. The sooner we vote this traitor out of office, the better.

    29. B. Eric, Syosset N.Y says:

      Short of military action, Iran will ignore any sanctions place upon it. We should through back channel negotiations let Iran know that if they should use or sponsor the use of any type of nuclear weapon against any country,That they will be reduced to a smoking hole in the ground. And then we will blacktop and stripe the entire country as we need the additional parking. Then they will pay attention.

    30. toledofan says:

      The entire foriegn policy approach is off. We know from the Israeli intelligence that Iran is fronting weapons, manpower and whatever else to Lybia, Yemen, Syria and all over the middle east and we turn a blind eye. We bow to others and think nothing of iot and wonder why the world sees us as weak or not willing to stand on our principles. Obamas election opened up Pandora Box, especially in the middle east, and I'm affraid we are going to pay dearly in time.

    31. Paulc says:

      Its time to not only think out of the box but to climb out of the box first then think.

      Things are so bizarre with administrative action that they can only be explained as being on purpose.

      Obama cannot be trusted with America's Security.

    32. charles labounty mer says:

      What ?????????????????

      No comments from the liberals on this subject ————————

    33. Allen Wilson says:

      Would Iran use A bombs first, and then just duck and cover when our subs blasted them with H bombs? They know we would not hesitate to blast them and then take their oil if they acted first. Israel is also holy to them, to blast it first would be a silly thing for them to do. Don't recommend we have an "itchy finger". '

    34. Dr. Henry D. Sinopol says:

      What does Obama care… he has his subsidized housing, free food & travel…his revolution in the U.S. is more important than what Iran is doing.

      He's also the master of apology, once Iran attempts to destroy Israel, he will apologize because they didn't do a better job.

      I can't understand why any Jew in the U.S. would support Obama.. Our brothers & sisters in Israel are our only friends in the region…we must support them.

    35. Van Peski, Deming, N says:

      Excellent report, which with it's supporting links / documentations, makes it superb. It not only reveals the hypocrisy of Secretary of State Clinton's concerns of human rights violations in Iran, when compared to the gross injustices she herself orchestrated against the loyal employees of the travel office, ( Travel Gate }.

      It also shows that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's words are well matched by Obamas actions against Israel, ( The rude treatment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ).

    36. Ron W. Smith, Provid says:

      Correct me if I'm wrong. We're almost $14.5 trillion in debt, yet president Obama the other day said that the drawdown in troops in Afghanistan would not be "because of cost." We're still knee-deep in Iraq (and unsure their military and security forces can be relied upon), still full-tilt in Afghanistan (in what increasingly looks to be an unwinnable war), about $1 billion into the Libyan intervention, warily eying Yemen and Syria and Bahrain. And now we're not doing enough to forestall Iran's commitment to nuclear?

      Just when is indebtedness enough indebtedness to stop us from continuing in our expensive Superpower on call role, enough to say that $1 trillion a year and more for National Security might be a tad too much since it's actually borrowed money and more than is spent on it by the rest of the world combined, and enough at a time when we're putting big emphasis on cutting spending on needed domestic programs and too-long neglected infrastructure needs?

      We keep hearing dire forecasts of insolvency if we don't get serious and make real headway at reducing the national debt and eliminating the annual deficit so contributory to it. Serious doesn't include clear extravagance on National Security spending when each part of it is the direct result of foreign policy decisions over the decades since WWII? Serious doesn't acknowledge that Nation Building expenses, just for example, might be unaffordable if we can't keep up with our own internal infrastructure needs?

      Spending more than the rest of the world combined on National Security while we're deep in debt is a great reason for drawing down the troops in Afghanistan and all the reason in the world to stop the routine of intervention after intervention, war after war. And Iran is as good a place as any to begin acting like we're broke instead of Superpower on call.

    37. biker trash,pittsbur says:

      don't worry.netanyahu knows what to do and he'll do it with or without obama's help. can you say "poof"?

    38. Endrunlv says:

      Russia is standing up against UN sanctions on Syria and remains tolerant toward Iran while partnering with Israel on military projects.

      Yet these realities are unfolding Not a Time to Be Naive #America & #Israel:2010-2012 In the Cross-hairs Latest UPDATE 6/4/11 http://t.co/3JbLsF6

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    40. Durk Pearson, Centra says:

      "Deep concern…" Right! That's really going to worry the nutjob dictator of Iran. Time for Stuxnet II – aimed at their oil industry. No money, no bombs.

    41. Fred Opper, San Anto says:

      The next administration, Republican, Tea Party or Democrat, will have to deal with a world conflict with a nuclear Islam. Who are candidates who are prepared to lead and take action in the coming conflict. It will most certainly happen with Iran's leadership of militant Islam. No candidate or the mainstream media is talking about being prepared and able to lead the country through a possible nuclear conflict aimed at Israel and the western world which most definitely includes America. One doesn’t have to be a conspiracy nut case. Anyone who follows what is being said by the leaders of Muslim countries and rebel groups can see that history is repeating itself. The Nazi movement is taking shape in a Muslim form and telling us what is planned just as was done before WWII.

      Peace will not happen in our lifetime if Iran and/or Syria succeed in developing a nuclear weapon; missile or suitcase delivered by terrorist sleeper cells. Where are the candidates addressing this critical issue?

    42. P Bennett, AZ says:

      Iran sits with it's finger on the nuclear button, while OBama sits with his thumb up his butt. Where's the surprise?

    43. tom rankin 70380 says:

      How much longer will this fear mongering rhetoric fool the people?

      Less and less as the day goes by. You have to ask yourself one question: Who benefits if I believe this fear mongering???? I will give you a hint.

      "Unless America gets back to buying military ships, planes and vehicles soon, the industries that provide these goods will dry up and blow away. Then, when the next war comes, we'll be back to 1917: anxious to spend billions, but no place to spend them. Well, maybe the Chinese will sell us something." –Heritage Foundation's James Jay Carafano

      The Military–industrial complex controls both Parties.

      The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken

      “The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger” (1910)

      Lets mind our own business and leave others alone. I am all for the defense of this country. I am against Empire Building and Policing the World

    44. tom rankin 70380 says:

      If there is a sin superior to every other it is that of willful and offensive war. Most other sins are circumscribed within narrow limits, that is, the power of one man cannot give them a very general extension, and many kind of sins have only a mental existence from which no infection arises; but he who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of Hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death. — Thomas Paine

      There is no honor in an undeclared war for it is not done in the name of the people.

    45. Thomas Termini says:

      Meanwhile, the United States issued sanctions on Iran’s police chief and three government entities it says are involved in the brutal repression of Iranian citizens.

      When was this new news? Brutal repression of Iranian citizens has been going on for 50 years. Has anyone in Washington ever read history?

      How have sanctions worked? The administrations of both parties have never backed up their words. It is always about sanctions. Oh yeah that will make Iranian citizens saver.

    46. Stephen, South Carol says:

      Are Obama's apology tours and charm offensives part of a naive foreign policy — or rather a part of the liberal/progressive fight for a borderless new world order?

      Twitter: @stephenblanton

      Blog: http://theheartofislam.wordpress.com

    47. 2dokie says:

      Israel has a great tradition to uphold,and we should. Their tradition has always been: "kill one of us, and we kill 10 of you" This surely weighs heavily on the orthodox bloodthirsty considerations of the Iranian Mullahs. The Israelis will surely know when it's time to zero out the Iranian nuclear program, even if we don't. So we'll owe them a big one. While the present admin. doesn't have the affinity for our traditional allies it should, our old allies are wise enough to know that "this too shall pass" . The next american president will surely have a better grasp of history and basic relational values, than this present amatuer that sent the Churchill bust back to London. That's Obama's main problem: It's all about him, first, last and always. And I agree, he has done more than enough to be impeached, itr's just the probability of it's success,that's the problem. The right people are still in a minority.

    48. ALLAN MILES ST. PETE says:

      Although it is well known diplomacy does not work with Iran and they have stated they wish to erase Israel from the World's map our Illegal President believes he will win with his Superb Charm. NOT SO THIS TIME ODUMBA. Our president needs to let Iran know if their Bad Breath so much as crosses into Israel's Borders we are prepared to WIPE IRAN off the map.

    49. Renny, Maryland says:

      Why not, the big O and his cronies ignore everything else that is hindering our country!!!

    50. Oyewole Samuel, Nige says:

      No doubt the report is intellectually sound. But it is important for Americans to understand the world that is different from cold war flexible and rigid perspective and the pre-9/11 wold that is characterized with the dictate from above. The threat from Iran is a threat from below and it could always be understood from below. Iran as been a candidate of threat and "agent of fear" since her revolution, with direct surge in her global position arising from the America definition of the threat in this region, she appear to be the biggest lion in the jungle.

      Under the pressure to secure America interest in the region (mainly Israel), its expected of Obama to do what? To invade Iran like Afghanistan and Iraq? in other to create another "long war" or to impose another sanction as usual? NO this is politics, where tension always arise between freedom and power, Israel is a reality for the world, that is unavoidable (she is a nuclear power), Iran as a nuclear power is unstoppable by America & Europe bie-lateral negotiation because their former attempt as proved this. the relevance of this cry is probably to avoid balance of power in the region to destabilizer global balance of power.

      The reality of this event does not preach Obama weakness or the dogmatism of this claim but it reflect the end of unitary international system and the prospect of decentralize international system. the implication of this for America interest in the region, is that Iran cannot be living in proximity with two nuclear power (India and Pakistan) with her aspiration, in absence of their collaboration and cooperation.

      This is not the game of MAD, it does not need pre-mobilization exercise but the West need to collaborate with China, Russia and some US allied in the region including Pakistan and India. it is necessary to mobilize now, not military mobilization but diplomatic pressure aimed at transparent civilian build up to prevent nuclear clash for the generation to come and a world free from nuclear weapon.

    51. Martin Seebach, Lost says:

      No difference than China yet DC panders to them greatly.

    52. Eric, APO says:

      You know the really sad thing in all of this is that the Irainian people in general like Americans and America, its the ruling clerics in Iran that are screwing the pooch and we helped them get there.

    53. Nadeem Juwle says:

      Israel needs to get its act right…. the provocation by Israel will generate a response one day. The US cannot and should not take responsibility of Israel as the lobby groups in America want….. as it is responsible for the ememies it has created. Israel does not seem to want peace and that was made clear by Netanyahu's attitude during his visit. American taxpayers have been paying with lives and money for troubles and fiction caused by Israel…. you cannot bulldoze a house and expcect kisses…… can you & if you do then its propoganda.

    54. Richard, McKinney TX says:

      No, but you can obviously fire 15,000 rockets into civilian areas of cities and expect kisses. Then, if you don't get them, condemn the complainers as "provoking" you to worse and more cowardly acts.

    55. michael j mudrak car says:

      Fact obama has turned his back to america and we should kick his but out.

      Is he supporting terrorism? is soros?

    56. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      The Iranian Threat That Can't Be Ignored? Change one word and the title will make more sense. It can be ignored, and it will be ignored.

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