Let’s try diplomacy

To the Editor:

Some in Congress and the social media have opposed the Iranian nuclear deal since before there was one. But look past the outrageous rhetoric, and you’ll find a strong case for it.

The deal reduces the Iranian stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent, centrifuges by 70 percent, allows unprecedented inspections and more.

It doesn’t try to solve every issue we have with Iran, but it does reduce the chance of Iran getting nuclear weapons, according to our partners and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And it shows the world that we are more interested in peace than war.

It is not based on trust but verification. If Iran tries to cheat, economic penalties will be reinstated, and the military options we have today will still be there. It’s true that some Iranians hate Americans, but if that was a deal-breaker, we wouldn’t have deals with anyone.

Rejection of this deal lets Iran avoid inspections and keep their uranium and centrifuges. We would lose our best chance of stopping a nuclear Iran. If they face a West that only wants total capitulation, they may be incented to accelerate bomb-building plans.

After years of negotiation starts and stops, hoping for something more without starting a war is unrealistic.

The Mideast is a mess. Military options aren’t working. We have fought endless wars and propped up unstable regimes, enabling groups like ISIS to flourish, at a cost of thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars.

It’s time we tried diplomacy. Senators Collins and King: support this deal!

John Fehlauer

Mount Desert

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