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Mark Bratlie, Published January 20 2012

This overheard in the next booth

Just the other day, I was in a local restaurant having breakfast, and I couldn’t help hearing the conversation going on in the next booth. Two gentlemen, Frank and Lee, were having an animated discussion. They started on the weather ... moved on to the Frisco victory ... then began to address the hot topic of Iran and its nuclear intentions.

Frank: Can you believe those Iranians? They act like they want to become a nuclear power!

Lee: Well, Frank, maybe they want to be more like us.

Frank: Are you kidding? They aren’t like us at all. Why ... they’re crazy enough to actually use a nuclear weapon.

Lee: But, Frank ... we are the one and only country in the world that has actually used a nuclear bomb against an enemy ... and we did it twice.

Frank: That’s different, Lee ... that was during a war.

Lee: Nevertheless, we used the bombs against civilian targets ... and we killed 90,000 to 166,000 people in Hiroshima and another 60,000 to 80,000 in Nagasaki.

Frank: Well ... I see what you mean. In that sense, we need to do whatever is necessary to keep the Iranians from becoming more like us!