Toronto Star | 08Nov2010 | Orest Slepokura

A U.S. senator’s ‘chilling’ message

Re: ‘Neuter’ Iran U.S. senator says, Nov. 07, 2010

The U.S. is engaged in unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and beginning to get ever more deeply involved in wars in Pakistan and Yemen. What would truly really bankrupt the U.S. Treasury would be for the U.S. to launch a full-scale attack on Iran, as the demagogic Senator Lindsey Graham is advocating.

Oil prices skyrocketing to $300 a barrel as trans-shipment of oil supplies from the Middle East were blocked indefinitely would send the world economy into a tailspin.

U.S. forces would likely crush Iran using overwhelming air power; but it would be the mother of all pyrrhic victories. With America turned into an economic basket case and starting to resemble a movie lot for a Mad Max sequel.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.

Fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at the same time isn’t enough for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. The Republican from South Carolina wants to launch a military attack on Iran to “neuter” its nuclear program, “sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard.”

And the good Senator delivered his chilling message to a Halifax International Security Forum audience that included such top Canadian government officials as Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Defence Minister Peter MacKay. Sadly, neither of them saw fit to distance Canada from such war-like insanity.

In a more enlightened age, Graham would have been arrested by the RCMP for hate crimes and deported.

Tom Morris, Whitby