Letter: We should not go to war with Iran

In this Thursday, May 9, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal in Egypt. The aircraft carrier and its strike group are deploying to the Persian Gulf on orders from the White House to respond to an unspecified threat from Iran. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Darion Chanelle Triplett/U.S. Navy via AP)

President Donald Trump should never have withdrawn the U.S. from the U.S./European-Iran treaty, which kept Iran from further developing their nuclear bomb capabilities.

Iran, as inspectors had verified, was abiding by the terms of the agreement. Europe has remained committed to the agreement.

The reason the Trump administration withdrew from the treaty was because they said Iran was a “destabilizing influence” in the region. Iran is in a proxy war with the equally oppressive, but U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Remember, Trump had recently bragged about making a big military arms sale to the Saudis, even though that country had not explained nor held anyone accountable for the murder of a Saudi national and U.S journalist in the Saudi Arabia embassy.

Now, the irrational and war-mongering national security adviser, John Bolton, has convinced Trump to send warships and now 120,000 American soldiers to the region.

The U.S. needs to rejoin the U.S./European-Iran treaty, release the agreed on — up to this point — economic sanctions and avoid a war with Iran, which experts say would be devastating to the U.S. and Iran.

(Utah Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee haven't responded yet to similar letters sent to them two weeks ago.)

William Fisher, Salt Lake City

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