Playing for our lives


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:08 a.m.
The growing push by some in our government to attack Iran is a disastrous option in view of our track record in the Middle East. While intelligence estimates of Iran's nuclear capabilities placing a bomb 5 to 10 years away are ignored, the same lack of diplomacy, belligerence and lies used before invading Iraq are what we are now hearing directed towards Iran.
Do we need the additional moral burden of tens of thousands or more civilian deaths on our conscience? And what if the U.S. chooses to go with the nuclear option, which is now on the table? The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that "If it (a nuclear attack) were to be launched against Iran, it would result in radioactive contamination over a large part of the Middle East/Central Asian region, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, including U.S. troops stationed in Iraq."
Why is the issue of the safety of our 140,000 troops in Iraq not discussed in connection with an attack? If we attack Iran many of our Shia "allies" in Iraq who spent their exile under Saddam in Iran will turn. They share religion and culture with the Iranian Shia. Who will they side with?
Iran has already said it will retaliate. Iraq is just across the border. Will our bases be overrun? Will we lose thousands of troops? Will we have to fight our way to the Kuwait border? Will Syria and Hezbollah also retaliate? Could Israel enter the conflict with its nuclear weapons? You bet!
Congress needs to protect its right to vote on this issue and to require diplomacy be used and facts not be ignored.
Mary Bahr, Air Force Intelligence Vietnam, 1969 Gainesville

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