Iran's War Of Words

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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I don't want to go to war with Iran. But the war of words sure has gone up a few decibels this week, and it's making me nervous.

First, Vice President Cheney says that when it comes to Iran, all options are on the table. He said, "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."

So the Iranians said, "The United States may have the power to cause harm and pain, but it is also susceptible to harm and pain. Let the ball roll," said the Iranians.

Mere threats? Tough talk? The Russians, who have worked hard to broker a deal with the Iranians, are not pleased. The foreign minister said yesterday, "This looks like déjà vu," and chided America for engaging in something that might turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

America and the world community have been after Iran to be more open about its nuclear activities for three years now, but to no avail. Maybe the specter of confrontation is what it will take to get something done.

Should Iran have nukes? Of course not. Is it worth a war? You tell me.

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