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Letter: Iran and aggression

Most 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 (a violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty), Israel has an undeclared nuclear program with an estimated 80-200 nuclear weapons and Iran has zero nuclear weapons and has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, unlike Israel. The U.S. spends over $600 billion on our military and Iran between $ 20-30 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 brutal shah. The 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.

These are reasons Iranians do not like the U.S. government. 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 with us putting in corrupt leaders which opened the door for Islamic radicals. Israel has attacked Lebanon (Israel occupied it for 18 years), Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Egypt. Both the U.S. and Iran advise and arm opposition groups.

The possession of weapons or the pursuit of weapons is not grounds for war. The Iranians have accepted stricter standards than the IAEA 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 oppress the Palestinians and for the U.S. to unconditionally support Israel. People in the Middle East resent this. Enemies are created by fear mongering to achieve political objectives.

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