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LETTER: Give peace a chance; shut up and deal

We were proud of our kids when they befriended Cambiz.

Cambiz was their Iranian classmate at Bloomington High School North whose family ended up on the wrong side when Khomeini and his fundamentalist regime took power in 1979.

Cambiz is the child of Iranian business people, and he was getting hassled at North by some resident rednecks — you know, the kind of folks who perceive all Iranians as wild-eyed 
religious fanatics.

Cambiz’s case was the vanguard of an emerging middle class in Iran, the largest in the Muslim Middle East.

The middle class cheered when the tentative Deal was struck. They like and envy workaday Americans.

No deal and reimposed sanctions will simply drive them into the arms of the Ayatollah. Not smart, I’d say.

It’s instructive to note who will cheer if the Iran Deal is voted down.

There’s the perennial war hawk Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. And, of course, Cold War fly-guys Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who’d love nothing better than to “bomb, bomb Iran.”

As an 84-year-old Korean War combat veteran, yours truly is kind of a Cold War relic, too.

However, I believe we should give peace a chance.

In September, when the Iran nuclear vote comes up, tell the U.S. Congress to shut up and deal.

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