If our goal is to get Syria to stop using chemical weapons, we should go to the Iranians for help ("Deep Democratic misgivings over Syria," Sept. 5). The Iranians are the Syrians' best allies, but they hate nerve agents, having suffered when the Iraqis used poison gas on Iran during their war. I am sure Iran can be encouraged to put pressure on Bashar Assad to stop this now.

We are beginning to re-enter negotiations with the Iranians over nuclear weapons. Why not add Syria's use of chemical weapons to the discussions? Iran's help in this matter would be a no-cost act of faith for them, for we both agree that the use of chemical weapons is deplorable, and it may even be a window of opportunity for opening substantive discussions with the Iranians on a range of issues which might improve stability in the Middle East.

Andrew E. Manzardo, Towson