Friday, September 21, 2007

Bad signs in Iran policy

I got this put in as a letter to the editor today.

Letters to the editor

Bad signs in Iran policy

I'm concerned that given the Bush administration's abysmal track record on world diplomacy any warlike action in Iran will blow up in their/our faces. Are we using questionable evidence as an excuse for war with Iran?

I worry about Russia's closeness to Iran; they are joined by the Caspian Sea and have sent defensive missiles to Iran. Will they be drawn into this war? Will the world view us as the aggressors and retaliate economically if not militarily against our interests?

Are we saying it's okay for Saudi citizens to support their Sunni side but it's not okay for Iranian citizens to do the same for the Shiite side? Are we now picking a side? If we align with the Sunnis are we siding with those who've been tolerant to supportive of al-Qaida? We may be doing exactly that.

Are we seeking support from both Saudi Arabia and radical elements among the Sunnis for an attack against Iran? Are we going to attempt to replay the Iran-Iraq war? It sure seems we may be heading in that general direction.

Where is the national debate and congressional authorization? Where is the Bush administration credibility on intelligence leading to military adventurism?

Ken Wells


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