Gamble

Iran was justified

According to a social media meme, “We are not starting a war with Iran. Iran has been at war with the U.S. for 41 years. Just once, we fought back.” Nonsense.

Toward a contextual understanding of this latest crisis, I offer the following information to all draft-age men.

In 1951, Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq nationalized Iran’s oil reserves and began to use the wealth derived for the benefit of the Iranian people rather than Western oil capitalists. In 1953, the U.S. government, specifically then-Secretary of State John Dulles, and his brother - then-CIA Director Allen Dulles overthrew Mosaddeq. The U.S. government replaced Mossadeq with the brutally repressive dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (aka “the Shah of Iran”).

Pahlavi’s brutality, which saw to the torture and murder of tens of thousands of Iranians from 1953 to 1979, was facilitated by his CIA-trained secret police, the SAVAK.

That was the context behind the Iranian takeover of the American embassy in Tehran, Iran (1979). In brief, the Iranian people were justifiably upset with the U.S., which was directly responsible for the Shah’s barbarity.

In addition, the Dulles brother’s law firm represented standard oil, whose assets were threatened by the nationalization of (Iran’s) oil. Moreover, the overthrow of Iran’s government is not the only example of the U.S. toppling a democratically elected government at the behest of capitalists. Other samplings include Guatemala (1954), Congo (1960), Brazil (1964), Chile (1973), Grenada (1983), Honduras (2009), etc.

So, in reality,  it is the U.S. that has been at war with Iran for some 70 years. Iran is, therefore justified by its military actions against the United States. And American workers need to resist the U.S. war machine and allow capitalists to fight their wars themselves.

Guy Marsh

Lancaster

BYD deadline

BYD, a thriving business here in the valley paying good union wages vital to our economy but their counterpart in China directly circumvents every labor law the rank and file  enjoy here.

To put this in perspective, let that same entity locate here paying substandard wages, oppressive working conditions, ban federal OSHA laws and the like. Ban all prevailing wages, living wages, minimum wages, and collective bargaining laws for that entity only.

BYD union rank and file should ask their union representation to explain the federal Davis Bacon Act establishing prevailing wage laws for nearly a century, not specifically union wages. California follows with similar laws with the exception of charter cities so it’s not surprising these laws will be extended in a sense. It’s good to see the rank and file enjoy union wages but shouldn’t be hypocritical.

BYD has two years to establish all their business in the USA and it’s doable, they will not close the doors of a multi-billion dollar business for another company to pick up and the existing bargaining unit should welcome the opportunity to increase their membership.

Don Dyas

Rosamond

He’s no victim

On January 13, 2020 a letter in the Opinion section of the Valley Press “Rang the Alarm” about an Iowa man, Adolfo Martinez, who was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison for burning an LGBTQ flag. The letter stated that Martinez, “the new felon,” received the harsh sentence merely because he burned the flag because he opposed homosexuality. The alarmist concluded that this was a step to go after your guns(?) and your freedom of speech.

The alarmist letter writer censored the facts to present an argument that seemed to justify his conclusion but the actual facts reveal otherwise. Adolfo Martinez received the long sentence because his hate crime bumped the misdemeanor flag burning up to a felony, that combined with his two prior felonies, made him a habitual offender under Iowa law. He also received an additional one-year sentence for burning the flag outside a bar he had previously threatened to burn down. Adolfo Martinez is not a victim; he is a dangerous criminal. Our freedoms have not been damaged by sentencing Martinez to a long and deserved prison sentence.

James Capell

Quartz Hill

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