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To The Editor: From what I’ve been reading, the “Obama Con- traceptive Mandate” has pointed out that many do not understand what is being mandated. Ac- cording to Webster, con- traception is an act or device that prevents the woman’s egg from uniting with the male’s sperm, e.g., prevention of fer- tilization. The mandate however, includes items & prescriptions that abort an already-growing baby. These are called abortifa- cients—that is, causing an abortion. So Obama is really forcing all of us to foot the bill for early abor- tion through increased insurance costs (nothing is “free”, someone has to pay). It is really pro-NO- choice. More importantly, could you be killing your children and not even know it? Some argue this

is anti-woman. PLEASE, read the fine print of vari-

ous birth control pills (I obtained info from the local pharmacy, or sim- ply Google). You will find these are steroids, really bad for women: risk of de- veloping blood clots, high blood pressure, heart attack, strokes, gallblad- der disease, liver tumors, migraines, depression, cancer of reproductive or- gans, & even risk of con- tracting and transmitting HIV. (Chris Kahlenborn, MD; www.bcpinstitue. org, many refs). So we are really attacking women. It’s not OK for athletes to take steroids, why is it OK for women? I espe- cially ask men to step up, learn the alternatives, do the right thing.

John P Matuszewski Londonderry, NH.

Israeli Strike

To The Editor: The Israeli clock ticks. The Pentagon anticipates


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Israel will preemptively strike Iranian nuclear facilities in April, May or June. Iran’s nuclear program is close to enter- ing the zone of immunity with Israel being inca- pable of slowing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in any lasting way. Iran is not 1981 Iraq or 2007 Syria, not only is the failure of a preemptive Israeli strike guaranteed, but the es- calation of the recent tit-for-tat shadow war, of low level assassinations of nuclear scientists and attempts on Israeli dip- lomats, into a regional war is guaranteed. I fully support Israel’s right to self defense, but Israel’s nuclear arsenal deters nuclear attack and an Israeli preemptive strike is against America’s self- interest. I, like my grandfather

before me, volunteered and fought for our nation in a time of war. However, unlike my grandfather, I was never an American Jew in a Nazi POW camp. People of Jewish decent have been persecuted across the ages, but this persecution does not jus- tify American support for an Israeli preemptive strike. Make no mistake, horri f ic Iranian EFPs (Explosively Formed Pro- jectiles) were responsible for maiming and killing hundreds of GI’s in Iraq and continue to haunt the rest of us, but the American interest should never be subjugated for another nation’s. Iranian sanctions have

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caused their currency to loose half its value and an impending European Iranian oil embargo com- mencing this summer will be crippling. Iran’s threatened response is to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a passage- way for one fifth of the world’s oil tankers. A blockade violates inter- national law and the in- ternational community

will respond. For eight years Iran’s mines, navy and air force failed to blockade the Strait dur- ing the Iran-Iraq War. Experts believe an Irani- an blockade would close the Straight for ten days at most. It is against America’s interest for an Israeli preemptive strike to destroy international resolve to stop an Iranian blockade. Syria, Iran’s only re-

maining ally, is an ex- ploding powder keg. The Arab League’s mission has failed and they seek international support. The Iranian hydra has a head in the Assad re- gime, like its heads in Palestine’s Hamas, Leb- anon’s Hezbollah and Iraq’s Mahdi Militia. It is against America’s inter- est for an Israeli preemp- tive strike to not only kill international reso- luteness for Syria, but cause the Iranian Hydra to retaliate and the Syr- ian flames to engulf the region. The Israeli clock ticks.

Nuclear power instills national pride and boosts Ahmadinejad’s fortunes, just like grandiose Amer- ican support for Israel boosts an American poli- tician’s fortunes. The worst thing America can do is overreact to the threat of a single Iranian bomb. 4,474 Americans died for us to now know that Saddam overstated Iraq’s nuclear program. During the height of the Cold War, the So- viet Union had 45,000 nuclear missiles and our safety came from mutu- ally assured destruction. Although an Iranian nu- clear bomb is not in our self-interest, an Israeli preemptive strike is less in our self-interest.

Josh Denton Portsmouth, NH.

THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, March 15, 2012

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