- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your editorial “Stand for Iranian freedom” (Opinion, Wednesday) reflects a lack of perspective. The Iranian people are doing just fine up against a tyrannical leadership. They have taken to the street by the hundreds of thousands to object to their country’s election results. This despite danger to their personal freedom and safety.

On the other hand, in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court selected our president. The ruling in Bush v. Gore violated the principle of states’ rights. The votes of American citizens in Florida were dismissed. Did Americans take to the streets to protest? Unlike the Iranian people, Americans went along like sheep being led to the slaughter, and slaughter is what happened when the Bush administration invaded Iraq and set fire to the Middle East. We continue to pay in lives and treasure for that foreign-policy debacle.

It is not our role to dictate to other nations. We have chosen new leadership. We have opted for diplomacy. Our belligerence and military actions have endangered us and reduced our power to influence events, and it is delusional to think otherwise.

JOAN SALEMI

West Springfield

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