Avoiding war with Iran

LETTER TO: The New York Times 9/18/12

Dear Editors,

All diplomatic and personal efforts must be exercised to forestall military actions against Iran which could explode into regional war dragging in the U.S.

Iran has had nuclear power plants for decades and does enrich their own uranium for energy production and medical purposes, both activities being legal under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Intelligence officials from Israel, the U.S., and the International Atomic Energy Agency have stated that Iran “has not decided” to develop nuclear weapons. All agree that, should Iran initiate enrichment of uranium to higher levels, this would be revealed by IAEA inspectors in Iran long before Iran could build a bomb.

The U.S. economy and U.S. military cannot afford another war. May cooler heads prevail.

Sincerely, Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City