On a separate but related note, the following paragraph excerpt from the Newsweek article on the study, is illustrated succinctly and pithily by the intro scene of the movie "Idiocracy".
But this is not all good news for non-believers, nor does it mean heightened intelligence will be selected, eventually leading to a species full of hyper-intelligent atheists. Instead, the ability to override your instincts would likely lead to a decline in intelligent, atheist people, because they are more likely to be antisocial and to have fewer childrenâ€”or to not have them at all.
He added: â€œToday, the grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are [present] more than ever.â€� Salami warned that if Israel made the â€œwrong move,â€� it would come under attack.
A few weeks ago, a senior adviser to the IRGCâ€™s elite Quds Force, Ahmad Karimpour, said Iran could destroy Israel â€œin less than eight minutesâ€� if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order.
There are several reasons why Iranâ€™s repeated anti-Israel statements may be pure rhetoric. They are most likely meant as a type of psychological warfare, because Iran cannot afford direct conflict with Israel.
Although Iran is larger geographically and in terms of population, its military capacity is inferior. Even regarding missile capabilities, which Iranian generals boast about, Israelâ€™s are greater in range and number.
What fundamentally changes the balance of power is Israelâ€™s nuclear capacity. It is widely believed to have some 200 nuclear warheads that can be used with intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as nuclear-armed submarines.
As such, Iranâ€™s policy toward Israel is to not strike first, as doing so would be suicidal for the ruling political establishment, whose main objective is to maintain power. It would be more effective to fight Israel via its Lebanese Shiite proxy Hezbollah.
Tehranâ€™s repeated boasting about IRGC capabilities is aimed at invoking nationalist sentiment among the public, because Iranian leaders know that the overwhelming majority of Iranians are dissatisfied with the hardliners and the political establishment.
Kazem, 29, PhD student majored in public health, pointed out â€œI would like to see a regime change in Iran, but I want Iran, ruled by any government even the current clergies, to be stronger than any country in the region including Israel. Iran should be the most powerful nation in the region militarily, technologically and economically as it was under Shah era or thousands of years of the Persian empireâ€�.
"I was among the last group of students who were forced out of Tiananmen Square at dawn of June 4, 1989. I was beaten up and caught in a stampede. I trampled over several bodies and had to climb over a tank.
A student holding a small pair of blood-stained glasses with a bullet hole told me he saw troops shooting at two little girls to the south of Monument to Peopleâ€™s Heroes in the middle of the square.
The girl aged around 12 was shot in the face as she shielded her 6-year-old sister with her little body. They had come out for a walk the night before and were stuck in the square as Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army troops and tanks surrounded the square."
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