Problems with Iran |

Problems with Iran

There are three reasons why we are having big problems currently with Iran and why we cannot do much about it.

First, during the Cold War, our CIA disposed a neutral, legitimately elected government and placed the Shah in power. We funded him well and set up a powerful secret police who suppressed the mullahs. When the mullahs finally regained power, they dumped democracy and set up a theocracy.

Second, in our unconditional support for Israel, we looked the other way and even tacitly helped Israel develop nuclear weapons. We could have stopped such programs, but the Jewish lobby was too strong in Washington. We should have enforced a nuclear free zone in the volatile Middle East. Now Iran wants the bomb.

Third, our insatiable addiction to imported oil has now driven the price to over $65 a barrel. There has been no viable plan for alternate energy development. Iran is awash with petrol dollars. Bush has funded our enemy.

Finally, because we are bogged down in the unnecessary war in Iraq, we have scant military options available to pressure Iran. The Emperor should be fired.

Michael Schwalm

Penn Valley

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