Following is my letter which was published in the National Post in response to the Article titled: Re: Only Military Threat Can Stop Iran: Netanyahu, Nov. 8.

I disagree with the assertion that the only way to stop the Islamic regime in Iran is the threat of military intervention. Such a threat will be counterproductive; as much as the Iranian people are unhappy with the Islamic regime, they will stand behind it against any foreign military intervention. This will set back the pro-democracy movement in Iran which has been stronger and more alive than ever in the past year-and-a-half.

A more productive way of stopping Iran is oil sanctions. Oil exports make up almost 85% of Iran's current annual income, and without that money to pay government workers, and the Revolutionary Guard, the regime will collapse within months.

Tough oil sanctions and international support for the pro-democracy movement inside Iran is the only way to stop the Islamic regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Sayeh Hassan, Toronto.

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