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Don’t blame Iran

Dear Editor:

Contrary to what we read in the media, Iran is not the aggressor. It is responding to threats from Israel and the U.S. Iran has not attacked any country in more than 200 years. Yet the U.S. and Israel are ready to attack Iran over a nuclear-weapons program U.S. officials say does not exist. In 1953, the U.S. orchestrated the overthrow of Iran’s democratic leader, who wanted to nationalize Iran’s oil fields and installed the brutal Shah.

Iran has been the target of a sophisticated cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, and five Iranian scientists have been killed through terrorist tactics believed to be carried out by an Iranian terrorist group armed, trained and funded by Israel. Plus Iran has endured years of harsh sanctions.

In 2012, U.S. corporations would again like to get their hands on Iran’s rich supplies of oil and natural-gas supplies. We also cannot discount U.S. politicians pandering to wealthy Jewish contributors to support Israel.

The U.S. and Israel have preemptively attacked many countries. In the ’80s, Israel bombed what was thought to be a nuclear site in Iraq and in 2006 a site in Syria. Iran is flanked on its borders by two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) that the U.S. has attacked and invaded. Plus it is surrounded by U.S. military bases. Iran’s offense with respect to Israel is that it points out Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their lands. Both the U.S. and Israel have hundreds of nuclear weapons.

Those terrorist groups that Iran is said to support, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, were born out of Israeli occupations of their lands. The political campaigns in the U.S. have generated a war of words against Iran to see which candidate is the most macho. Even if Iran joined the other countries that have nuclear weapons, based on its history and the regime’s desire to stay in power, it is unlikely it would ever use them.

Cathleen Krahe

Carbondale


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