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Letter | U.S. fear of Iran is misplaced

Iran is not a terrorist threat to the 50 states of the United States. It never was, isn’t now, and never will be despite efforts of the senator from our 51st state, Benjamin Netanyahu, to make it appear so, with considerable success.

If Israel would quit stealing Palestinian land in violation of agreements made he’d not likely be so paranoid. It is ludicrous to think that Iran would use a nuclear bomb aggressively if it had the capability. What would it gain except instant retaliation and annihilation by the United States and its allies.

No Iranian, to my knowledge, has ever committed an act of terrorism against the United States. Iran’s terrorist acts are generally employed in the perpetual Shia-Sunni Muslim religious conflict. The perpetrators of 9/11 came from our allies, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Pakistan is the home of ISIS and Al Qaeda; which gave refuge to the arch-enemy of the United States, Osama bin Laden.

I’m sure that there are as many Pakistanis who would like to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth as there are Iranians. And Pakistan already has the bomb. Why isn’t it used? Obviously, for the same reason that Iran wouldn’t use the bomb if it had one.

Do Iranians fear the United States? Indeed they do, and for good reason. In 1953 the CIA engineered the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected government and helped install a brutal dictatorship under an absolute monarch, the Shah Reza Pahlavi. In September 1980 the United States gave Saddam Hussein extensive military aid including chemical weapons to attack Iran in a foolish and unnecessary war he couldn’t win.

Given the record, if you were an Iranian wouldn’t you want your country to have nuclear capability for self-protection?

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.