Iran’s as­sumed green light

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The Oct. 21 ed­i­to­rial “Iran’s provo­ca­tions” cited a num­ber of ac­tions by Iran in just the few months since it signed the joint nu­clear ac­cord. The ed­i­to­rial con­cluded that all coun­tries in the Mid­dle East will note there is no U.S. check on Ira­nian re­gional hege­mony.

No doubt that is true, but the more dan­ger­ous con­se­quence of U.S. in­ac­tion in the face of Ira­nian provo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Iran’s test-fir­ing of a nu­clear-ca­pa­ble mis­sile, is that Iran also will con­clude that there will be no se­ri­ous con­se­quences from its vi­o­lat­ing the nu­clear ac­cord.

De­spite what­ever words may flow from the mouths of Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry, Pres­i­dent Obama and any­one else in this ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Ira­ni­ans are now more con­fi­dent than ever that pur­su­ing nu­clear weapons will not cause any ma­jor power to take ac­tion against them.

Dou­glas H. Verner, Rockville

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