Abraham Lincoln asked, “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
Though our Civil War ended in peace, Lincoln was assassinated by someone who might have embraced his peace.
Your Nov. 26 editorial approving the deal the United States and its allies made with Iran over its nuclear program was in keeping with this contradiction. Can an enemy such as Iran really be made a friend through peaceful negotiation? The Obama administration is fond of this notion. They say “We’ll talk and negotiate with anyone,” and we have seen the results with failures in Libya, Egypt and other places.
Iran has repeatedly called America “the Great Satan,” in need of destruction. This was likely set aside during the negotiations. It has resisted all efforts for years by the United Nations and the international community to abandon nuclear weapons technology, leading to progressively punitive sanctions to wrestle some cooperation from them. Iran is a promoter and funder of international terrorism, and the religious hierarchy in Iran sees conflict, war and destruction as a means of bringing about the coming of their messiah. They have vowed to exterminate Israel, our only democratic ally in the region.
You said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was spoiling for a fight with Iran, yet Israel has defended itself in three wars with its neighbors in the last 65 years, built walls against suicide bombers and intifadas, and has installed protection from rocket attacks over its borders from the north and south. As it is surrounded by enemies committed to driving it into the sea, its central desire is for peace, not war, but it will act to defend itself.
It is said that hope springs eternal, but your enthusiasm for this deal, though tempered a bit, is really misguided and ignores the facts. Relying on peace with an enemy preparing for war is a dangerous illusion.