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Comments on Russia and Iran are not based on facts

Regarding the Feb. 19 Opinion piece, "A Russian answer to Iran's threat": This commentary, by John Hughes, does not reflect the fact that Russia's banks have not gone bankrupt, its natural resources have not all been sold to foreigners, its status in the world has not been tarnished by shallow thinking in foreign policies, and its army is not bogged down in a war that is emboldening foreign radicals with its inability to effectively counter their influences. How Mr. Hughes can depict Russia as a country filled with angst over its (alleged) loss of superpower status shows that your former editor has not been traveling the world enough. Most of the nations of the world have had deepening respect for the Russian turnaround since 1998.


This piece is a disingenuous attempt by John Hughes to link Iran's nuclear enrichment program to a nuclear weapons program. He presents no evidence for the existence of such a program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly said it "has been able to continue to verify the nondiversion of declared nuclear materials in Iran." That was affirmed again last September by the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden, who said, "We assessed that the nuclear weapons program had not resumed as of mid-2007, a conclusion that subsequent intelligence still supports."

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