Henry Kissinger's Logic

Monday, December 17, 2007

Henry A. Kissinger conjectured that in 2003 Iran halted its nuclear weapons program as a result of the U.S. invasion of Iran's neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan ["Misreading the Iran Report," op-ed, Dec. 13]. Simultaneously, Mr. Kissinger speculated that Iran may have resurrected the program under the "guise of a civil nuclear program" to deter "American regional aspirations."

By the same logic, if Iran had a nuclear weapons program, the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its prior labeling of Iran as part of the "axis of evil" would have certainly entrenched Iran's determination to continue with that program. Mr. Kissinger cannot have his cake and eat it, too. He should ponder more seriously Iran's declarations of principles against nuclear weapons, instead of dismissing them as untrue.


Cambridge, Mass.

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi is the author of a book about Iran's nuclear program.

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