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Taking down the threat

Dear Editor:This is a response to Eric Olander’s Dec. 4 letter to the editor, “It’s not karma, it’s backlash.”We cannot stand by idly and watch millions be slaughtered regardless of what history causes or seems to justify such horrendous events. But to intervene militarily means that we will kill and be killed. Hopefully, we minimize our losses and maximize theirs. I just take exception to describing our efforts to stop people who have demonstrated so little respect for life with 9/11, beheadings and daily indiscriminate car bombs as “heinous crimes” by us. Further, I am seriously concerned about a culture that teaches death over life especially as it relates to these people acquiring implements of mass death – nuclear weapons. To me there is no doubt that given those weapons, they would use them in a heartbeat. They’ve said they would and I believe them.Fast forward to the present. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, seems determined to develop nuclear weapons to wipe tiny Israel “off the face of the earth.” In his twisted math, mass murdering seven million Jews is worth the death of 35 million Iranians if Israel is able to launch its estimated 50 to 60 atomic weapons in response. After all, there are 1.2 billion Muslims. It seems a small price to pay to be rid of the hated Jews and their small homeland forever. Of course, there will be no more Palestinians or Palestinian homeland either. Tiny Israel will be radioactive for years and of use to no one.I think we need to knock down this modern day Hitler now before he gets nuclear weapons. I favor the take down of Iran’s nuclear facilities sooner rather than later. My preference, after a warning to evacuate, would be with nuclear weapons just to demonstrate that we have the will to fight a nuclear threat with a nuclear response.Mike MasonCedaredge, Colo.