NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Thank you, Norman Transcript, for printing Semira Mirzaie’s delightful and timely commentary about the Persian New Year.
I have several Iranian friends and have participated in the cleansing ritual of jumping over the fire and, of course, all the fabulous Persian food that goes with celebrating the New Year. And thank you to Semira Mirzaie. You bring back wonderful memories.
I am very sad about the Israeli’s threat of war and all the misinformation about developing nuclear capacity for energy being confused with nuclear weapons. More than 800,000 Iranians need the nuclear isotope radiation for their cancer treatment and other medical needs.
And, of course, the generation of nuclear power would allow the continued sale of Iran’s oil — an important source of revenue. Otherwise, by 2025, Iran will have to use all their domestic production for their own people. That is why developing nuclear power plants is so important to them.
Bombing Iran would — at the very least — cause them to “go dark” by removing the IAEA inspectors and their cameras, which currently keep tabs on nuclear activity. It might even start a regional war.
Why is it that the neo-con war-mongers are saying we should ignore all the military generals, chairman of the joint chiefs, secretary of defense, CIA analysts and even the former boss of Israel’s Mossad (similar to the KGB) who say that the Israeli threats are “stupid” and a strike would be “disastrous”?
Get a grip, America. Call President Obama’s comment line at 202-456-1111 and tell him, “Ignore Netanyahu. Listen to the military.” This can and should be solved diplomatically.