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Iran: It's not always a signal

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12 August 2008 18:27

This snippet from The Economist's 'Politics This Week' section annoyed me:

America and the other five countries involved in talks with Iran considered new sanctions after Iran gave a vague answer to questions about its nuclear programme. Iran said it was acting with “goodwill”, and promptly announced a test of a new long-range anti-ship missile.

For goodness sake, the US conducts hundreds of missile tests every year. Australia does it regularly too. Surely they're not all meant as diplomatic signals? As Freud might have said, sometimes a missile test is not sinister, it's just a routine objectification of the male s-xual organ.

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