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Letters: Skeptical over deal with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry next to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right) after a statement in Geneva. (Nov. 24, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

In the editorial "Multinational Iran deal a careful step worth taking" [Nov. 26], Newsday's editorial board supports the new agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany. The agreement will suspend Iran's march toward an atomic bomb for six months.

What Newsday has forgotten is that Iran is an autocratic theocracy whose foreign policy exhibits vitriolic hatred as the cornerstone of its existence. We all know about former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waving a document in his hand, signed by Nazi Germany, and declaring peace had been guaranteed.

Is not Iran the reincarnation of irresponsible totalitarian regimes in our time, with its racial hatred and belief that the lives of its citizens are expendable?

What exactly did the $7 billion -- or more, according to some experts -- in sanction relief really buy? Are any centrifuges destroyed, is the heavy water reactor which can make plutonium dismantled, or is any of the enriched uranium shipped out of the country? Sadly, the answers are no, no, and no.

After six months, Iran can restart its efforts to build a nuclear bomb because all of its facilities will still be in place. Does the United Nations know where all of the centrifuges are?

I hope Secretary of State John Kerry will not ultimately look as foolish as Chamberlain. The world should have scoffed then.

Nathan Begelman, Atlantic Beach

Foreign Minister John Kerry Chamberlain has come home with a paper signed by the Ayatollah Hitler, and now we'll have "peace in our time." How wonderful!

We never learn.

Larry Cohen, Valley Stream