Re "Why the rush in Congress to ratchet up Iran sanctions>" (Viewpoints, Nov. 20): Columnist Trudy Rubin wants us to believe that diplomacy will stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities. Why she thinks this way is unclear. Iran is backing Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas. If Iran were to obtain the bomb, it could easily be shipped to Hezbollah, with Israel the target. Negotiations are better than war only if they actually prevent war and not merely delay it like they did prior to World War II. If the end game for us is to eliminate Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons, then sanctions should be lifted only after that is accomplished, and not as an interim step. Appeasement never works. If Iran wants sanctions lifted, they can dismantle their atomic program. It's in their hands.
-- Gilbert Stein, Aptos