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US is not to blame for crisis with Iran

In an apparent effort to paint the United States as culpable for the current crisis with Iran, Farah Stockman (“Tehran calculations,” Op-ed, Aug. 6) presents a deeply flawed picture. She bemoans the impacts of sanctions on Iranians, but says nothing about the Iranian government’s brutal repression of its own citizens, including severe human rights abuses of gays and ethnic and religious minorities.

Stockman is silent about the denial of free speech and a judicial system that often abandons any pretense of due process. She also makes no mention of the material and ideological support Iran provides globally to radical Islamic terrorists, the aggressive promotion of Holocaust denial, and ongoing genocidal screeds regarding Israel.

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