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Next stop: Iran

Leonardo Rocha | 10:27 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The war of words between the United States and Iran has been going on for sometime.

But his week things have moved to a different level, with strong language by senior US officials and action.

General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, has spoken of a "proxy war" there. In Washington the Pentagon has announced it will build fortifications along the border with Iran and a big military base there.

So where will the US troops go after Iraq: back home or into Iran? Do you think a conflict with Iran is inevitable? Can Iran be blamed for the violence in Iraq?

The US says Iran is providing weapons to the "enemies of the Iraqi state".

True or not, UK troops in Basra have just been asked to join an operation at the frontier to stop it.

The Iranian government says they're being used as scapegoats for the US failures in Iraq.

What do you think? Send us your comments, post here on the blog.

In several debates about Iraq, we've had people who say: it was better in Saddam's days. It was a brutal dictatorship, but things were better.

We received an interesting email yesterday on that issue. Not from Iraq, but from Cameroon

That's what Arnaud Emmanuel Ntirenganya has written:

Is peace and poverty under dictactorship better than bad democracy? Why many people do prefer dictactorship than bad democracy? Example in DRC, Cameroon etc. Can BBC please find out?

Arnaud wants us to find out, but we'll need your help.

What do you think, in Africa, in Iraq, in other Middle Eastern countries, in Latin America, in the US. Would you give up your freedom for a benign, efficient dictatorship?

I, myself, was brought up in a military dictatorship myself, in Brazil, in the 70's, and will say always: give me a bad democracy.

But I know several people who think differently.

Post on the blog, send us your views.

One subject we know we'll be talking about today is the Law of Attraction.

In a nutshell, your thoughts and words attract bad or good things for your life.

Millions of people have bought the books and have tried to apply the Law of Attraction to their lifes.

We'll have in the show Canadian author Michael J. Losier, author of the best-seller Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't.

He'll be joining us from a CBC studio in Victoria, Canada.

This theory became popular throughout the world in the last couple of years with the launch of The Secret, a book and DVD.

Many say the whole thing is just rubbish and cannot be proved. Many say it's worked for them.

I had a mixed response to my blog post from last week.

What do you think? Has the Law of Attraction worked for you?

Is there anything you'd like to ask Michael Losier?

Send us your comments and join the conversation.

Another idea for today is the notion that terrorism can be tackled by reducing poverty and combating illiteracy.

This seems to be what the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has been saying.

How many dollars would buy off Osama bin Laden? is the title of an article published on The Times Today by Daniel Finkelstein.

Nothing would have stopped him or any other terrorists, argues Finkelstein. There's no proven link between terror and ignorance.

What do you think? Are people in deprived areas, where there's widespread poverty and lack of education more likely to get involved in terrorism?

Have your say, post your comments on the blog.


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