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Sanctions would be counterproductive

SANCTIONS ON Iran would be counterproductive and ineffective ( “Sanctions on Iran can work, despite GOP campaign rhetoric,’’ Editorial, Jan. 12). Have we learned nothing from our disastrous misadventure in Iraq? Sanctions in Iraq in the 1990s devastated the people, impoverished the country, didn’t change the government, and left the United States so disconnected and fearful that we invaded in March 2003 after a months-long barrage of disinformation about “weapons of mass destruction.’’ Yaroslav Trofimov, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, wrote that on the second day of the invasion, a few miles from the Kuwait border, the first Iraqis he met said, “The Americans are destroying our country’’ and “If you let us live free and export our oil, we’d be richer than you.’’ A man with a baby on a bicycle said, “We hate you. You are all criminals.’’ Nothing will be different in Iran. Assassinations of nuclear scientists - whoever is responsible for them - are criminal, and are no way to win friends and influence people. The Republican candidates offer nothing but even more inflammatory and irresponsible rhetoric.

Why is the Globe joining the drumbeat of fear and hysteria about the Iranian nuclear program? Pakistan, a poorer and much less stable country, has nuclear weapons, and we haven’t fallen into a panic.

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Why don’t we concentrate on helping Iraq sell its oil? It’s the least we could do.

Colleen Clark

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