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Letter: Iran deal doesn't compare to 1939

Secretary of State John Kerry steps off of

Secretary of State John Kerry steps off of his aircraft as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base from London. (Nov. 25, 2013) Credit: AP

Letter writers have sought to compare the current situation in Iran to the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s ["Concerned about agreement with Iran," Nov. 27]. This comparison is flawed.

First, in 1939, Germany had invaded sovereign nations and militarily occupied foreign land; Iran has done nothing of the sort.

It would be unsettling and unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, but to put that on the level of the military threat that Nazi Germany presented to the world is laughable. Germany at the time had a military superior to the United States. Are people suggesting that Iran has that kind of power?

Fascists in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s openly used violence to enforce their totalitarian authority, highlighted by mass executions and pogroms that shocked the world. Iran has committed no such atrocities.

The international community's use of diplomacy to bring a peaceful end to this situation does not equal appeasement. The economic sanctions in place against Iran since 2011 are crippling the Iranian economy. Appeasement is the act of giving in to the demands of an aggressor, but this deal is being brokered on our terms, with real penalties already in place.

This situation is not even close to the days of the Munich Conference where Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini dictated the terms -- ask the Czechs and Slovaks about the Sudetenland!

The Middle East is a volatile area of the world and a nuclear Iran would be destabilizing, but let's keep things in perspective.

Mike DiTomasso, Lindenhurst