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U.S. should not be dragged into another war

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Robert O. Freedman's arrogance is beyond belief ("Election politics and Iran," March 7). If Israel wants to bomb Iran, so be it — but leave America out of that mess.

It might occur to Professor Freedman that an attack on Iran would kill lots innocent people. It also might occur to him that if Israel attacked Iran, America would be dragged into the conflict. And the belief "that only a war with Iran could save the Obama presidency" is one of the most callous, heartless comments I've ever heard.

If President Barack Obama went along with this Israeli aggression militarily, enough wise Americans would demand a Congressional declaration of war — as specified by the Constitution, incidentally. It's unlikely the House of Representatives would approve another futile Mideast adventure to drain even more American blood and treasure after what we've witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The final assumption that this war would bring about higher oil prices and could hurt "Mr. Obama's reelection chances," is an insult. If this nation were in a legitimate war, and not another trumped up foreign adventure, the American people would gladly sacrifice with higher gas prices.

If Israel wants to drop bombs on Iran and kill thousands, I can't stop them. But I can and do deplore Israel's stranglehold on my government and that nation's overbearing self-importance when it comes to American safety and security!

Rosalind Nester Ellis, Baltimore

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