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Iran hates America. That is the answer to Dan Simpson's June 27 column, "Why Can't We Just Get Along With the Iranians?" Iranians have been killing Americans since 1979; it's just that simple.

• Eight Americans died trying to rescue hostages from the embassy in Tehran in 1980.

• 17 Americans were killed in the Beirut U.S. Embassy bombing April 18, 1983.

• 241 Americans were killed and 100 wounded in the Beirut barracks bombing on Oct. 23, 1983.

• American Lt. Col. William R. Higgins was captured in 1988 and killed while in captivity.

• Eleven Americans were killed in the embassy annex bombing in Awkar, Lebanon, on Sept. 20, 1984.

• Dean Stethem, U.S. Navy diver, was killed in the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 on June 14, 1985.

• Six were killed and 1,000 injured in the World Trade Tower bombing on Feb. 26, 1993.

• 19 Americans were killed in the Khobar Towers bombing of June 25, 1996.

• In 2006, one-quarter of 4,400 American causalties in Iraq were attributed to Iranian-made weapons.

Space is too short for details, but all of the above American deaths and more have been attributable to Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or Iranian proxies like Hezbollah -- whether directly or indirectly through funding or training.

Here is the answer to Mr. Simpson's next column, "Why should the U.S. be worried about Iran going nuclear?" Because Americans don't want nuclear-armed missiles in Venezuela aimed at the Gulf Coast.

STUART PAVILACK
Squirrel Hill


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