The Dec. 21 editorial “Stop Iran now” correctly pointed out that Iran has been taking the steps outlined in the nuclear deal necessary to get sanctions relief but expanding its illegal and belligerent activities in all other areas. The editorial also correctly noted that this behavior was predictable to everyone except President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Also predictable was Iran expanding its missile testing and support of terrorism activities throughout the Middle East because Iran knows Mr. Obama will do nothing out of fear that Iran will walk away from the nuclear deal. Indeed, after Congress passed and Mr. Obama signed a law placing limits on visas of those who travel to Iran, the Iranians protested that the law impedes the nuclear deal. Mr. Kerry responded predictably by placating the Iranians and announcing that the administration could waive the new limits.
The president would be wise to take firm action against Iran, but he won’t. Iran will get its sanctions relief and probably walk away from the terms of the nuclear deal before Mr. Obama leaves office.
Sam Charnoff, Potomac
When one of your neighbors is Israel, an allegedly nuclear-armed country that has bombed Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Gaza and threatened to bomb your country, do you not have the right and obligation to advance deterrent weaponry?
The amped-up hysteria regarding Iran is irresponsible and dangerous. An open dialogue, not false demonization, is imperative in jointly ending the tragedy that the Islamic State and others are fomenting in the Middle East, most pointedly in Syria.
Elizabeth Patterson, Salt Lake City