Iran un­de­terred by po­ten­tial re­tal­i­a­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re­cently, the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, which thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated the Ira­nian nu­clear de­vel­op­ment pro­gram, con­cluded that Iran is in fact de­vel­op­ing nu­clear weapons. The ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing satel­lite images, over­whelm­ingly points to the man­u­fac­ture of nu­clear weapons in the short term, prob­a­bly on the or­der of a num­ber of months to a year. U.S. in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion cor­rob­o­rates this as­sess­ment.

The prospect of a nu­clear-armed Iran, along with the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver the nu­clear weapons via mis­sile sys­tems, poses a threat to the Mid­dle East and Europe. Iran will be able to strike other Arab coun­tries, Is­rael and parts of Europe. Other to­tal­i­tar­ian coun­tries with nu­clear weapons, such as North Korea, China, Rus­sia and Pak­istan, seem to have re­spect for the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of op­pos­ing forces armed with nu­clear weapons. They know re­tal­i­a­tion will be swift and com­pre­hen­sive to a nu­clear at­tack. Un­for­tu­nately, Iran is gov­erned by ir­ra­tional lead­ers who live in a closed so­ci­ety cut off from re­al­ity, and they be­lieve in the use of mil­i­tary force to achieve their aims.

Sanc­tions and diplo­macy have not worked to de­ter bel­liger­ent Iran from de­vel­op­ing nu­clear weapons. The count­down to pre­vent Iran from pos­si­bly launch­ing nu­clear at­tacks is ap­proach­ing ac­tion time by threat­ened pow­ers in the Mid­dle East.

DON­ALD A. MOSKOWITZ Lon­don­derry, New Hamp­shire

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