Re "Where we go now," Opinion, March 31
Iranian official Ali Akbar Javanfekr starts his response with a marginal amount of reason, bringing up the United States' unfortunate history of coups and proxy wars against Iran. But then he reveals himself to be not worth another serious thought.
Complaining that U.S. policy has fallen to "Zionism's manipulation" is the Islamic version of a "Godwin," when a person undermines his own argument by inappropriately bringing up Hitler.
Javanfekr writes that Iran does not covet the land of its foes and even prays for its enemies. I guess we are supposed to forget that it wants to wipe Israel off the map.
To finish with a veiled threat is the height of arrogance. America should reward Iran with irrelevance until it shows it can handle a grown-up conversation.
Javanfekr says Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is "one of the most beloved dignitaries in the world." Really?
Steven V. Behm
In many ways, the Iranians are correct. It was the U.S. that attacked and destroyed Iraq, not Iran. It was the U.S. that tried to intervene in the internal affairs of Iran and other countries. It is the U.S.' friend Israel that occupies Palestinian land and recently attacked Gaza, killing hundreds of civilians. What country did Iran attack or occupy?
As Javanfekr points out, there are anti-American and anti-Israel protests all over the world. Where are the anti-Iranian protests? America is losing its role as a world leader and has turned into a world bully.