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Cesar Chelala’s July 27 article, “Threats against Iran feed off modern myths,” does not reveal anything new to anybody with the faintest interest in politics. The world has known for years about the pros and cons of the topics dealt with in the article. Moreover, while explaining his point of view on these topics, the author himself does a good job of spreading his own myths.

In claiming that the Iranian president’s remark about wiping Israel off the map was misinterpreted, the author misses something. The author makes no mention of the death wish against Israel that is uttered all the time, very clearly and unmistakably, everywhere within the Iranian ayatollahs’ sphere of control and among their allies, and which is the primary cause of terror. Without Islam, the Iranian state would be as little concerned about Israel as it is about Japan.

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