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Take claims of Iran's nuclear capability with a grain of salt

Alireza Jafarzadeh's recent commentary ("Iran'snuclear genie is out of the bottle," April 16) is eerily reminiscent of the manipulations of Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi who shamelessly fed the US government false information with the express aim of advocating a military invasion of Iraq in 2003 in order to promote his own personal political and economic fortunes.

Just as Mr. Jafarzadeh openly sides with the exiled Iranian terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq, Mr. Chalibi lived in London while leading an umbrella Iraqi opposition group (the Iraqi National Congress) pushing for U.S. militaryintervention to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime. Among many illicit activities, including financial fraud, the INC provided gullible senior U.S. government officials and pundits with fabricated and bogus intelligence reports concerning Iraq's (non-existent) WMD programs. Mr. Jafarzadeh's unsubstantiated allegations from an exiled group with a self-serving political agenda stand in direct contrast to the official assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

Readers should beware of being duped yet again by those seeking another costly foreign intervention under false premises.

Christopher Bolan, Carlisle, Pa.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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