Re "Lack of trust is barrier to stable Mideast" (Pia Lopez, Feb. 24): One of the gravest mistakes of the 20th century was when the newly-elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the green light to the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister in 1953 after he nationalized the oil operations in Iran.
This opened the door to the ruthless reign of terror of 26 years against the Iranian people by Shah Reza Pahlavi. This oppression gave credibility to the fundamentalist Muslims who took power in 1979.
Today, the United States demands that Iran refrain from engaging in nuclear weaponry. But what credible basis does the United States have to impose such a prohibition when it is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons itself? Only worldwide dissolution of all nuclear weapons can allow one nation to forbid another from possessing such horrific weapons.
-- Don Knutson, Sacramento