"Iran Threatens U.S. 'Harm and Pain'"
This is either ominous or facetiously reminiscent of prepubescent ultimatums of the "After school or your ass is grass!" type.
But for those who don't think of the playground...
So you're looking for perpetual war? Start framing your headlines to the American people like that and you're well on your way. Very careless, very careless. Does Yahoo choose these headlines, or is it the AP? I'm thinking the former, since the same story is advertised under a new headline at this point later in the day: "Iran Makes Threats, UN to take up the case." Still emphasizing Iran as aggressive. In fact, the story itself suggests a somewhat more complicated context where a threat is followed by an accusation that the U.S. is agressive and that it will be fed some of its own medicine if it continues down the aggressive path: "'The United States has the power to cause harm and pain," said Ali Asghar Soltanieh, a senior Iranian delegate to the IAEA. "But the United States is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if that is the path that the U.S. wishes to choose, let the ball roll.'"
Let it roll indeed. But if you're just reading headlines, like I often do, it sounds a little different. How many modern day schemes to reenact the Mexican/American War will this world have to endure under Bush II's global adventures initiative? Amass troops on a border, cross the border and dare the recently manufactured enemy to respond. Enemy responds, and presto: new colony, er state. Now it's to spread freedom, of course, not add stars to the American flag.