As a former Fresnan now living in the Middle East, I read Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini’s op-ed (Nov. 23) with interest.
His description of the Islamic State (Da’esh) and the dangers it poses to the entire civilized world is correct. It’s hard to overstate the sheer evil of this phenomenon.
But the suggestion that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is somehow to blame for “keeping everyone distracted while Islamic State planned its attacks” is both absurd and uncalled for.
Netanyahu is absolutely correct in his understanding of the other major threat to civilization, the Iranian nuclear-weapons program. His opposition to the deal that he (and I) see as guaranteeing Iran’s program instead of dismantling it was a voice of reason. Unfortunately, the deal was rammed through against a majority in both houses of Congress.
Da’esh is dangerous and evil, but the Iranian regime is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, is currently holding several Americans hostage on trumped-up charges, and chants “death to America” every day before breakfast.
The last thing it needs is a nuclear weapon.
Vic Rosenthal, Rehovot, Israel