Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi's five steps for dealing with Iran are steps to confrontation disguised as an alternative to war ("Five steps to isolate Iran," Dec. 6). Sanctions are self-evidently counter-productive as a means to stop or alter Iran's nuclear research and development when the motive behind sanctions is punishment or regime change. The premise of the sanctions — that the problem is with Iran exclusively — ignores the nuclear neighborhood that Iran lives in and our own desire to dominate the region.
There's no shortcut to sincere negotiations to resolve differences and to prevent an escalation of differences. But negotiation efforts by the U.S. premised on preconditions are doomed to failure. If we really want peace with Iran instead of Middle East hegemony based on the threat and exercise of force, than we'll stop pushing sanctions guaranteed to fail and get down to business. Nothing better demonstrates America's growing military orientation than our refusal to do so.
John G. Bailey, EdgemereCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun