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Letter: Enemies are created with fearmongering

Much of the articles on the Iran nuclear deal are disconnected from facts. The U.S. has around 7,200 nuclear weapons and plans on modernizing them; Israel has an undeclared nuclear program with an estimated 80 to 200 nuclear weapons, and Iran has zero nuclear weapons and has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, unlike Israel. The U.S. spends more than $600 billion on our military and Iran between $20 billion and $30 billion.

Iran has not invaded or started a war with another country in more than 100 years, while the U.S. overthrew Iran’s democracy in 1953 and installed the Shah. The brutal Shah was a dictator whom Iranians overthrew in 1979. In the 1980s, the U.S. aided Iraq in attacking Iran and provided chemical weapons to Iraq for use against the Iranians. The main reasons Iranians do not like the U.S.: The U.S. has funded opposition groups in Iran, imposed cruel sanctions, built military forces around Iran’s borders, etc. Since 1980, the U.S. has bombed, occupied or invaded several Muslim countries (Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, etc.). Our actions created power vacuums, which opened the door for Islamic radicals. Israel has attacked Lebanon (Israel occupied it for 18 years), Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Egypt.

The possession of weapons or the pursuit of weapons is not grounds for war. The Iranians have accepted stricter standards than the International Atomic Energy Agency requires. It would be suicide for Iran to attack Israel or the U.S. Although Iran has made dumb comments, history tells the story. The fear of Iran getting nuclear weapons has been blown way out of proportion. Israel wants to remain the main regional power, to continue to oppress Palestinians and for the U.S. to continue to support it unconditionally. Enemies are created with fearmongering to achieve political objectives.

Cathleen Krahe