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Middle East politics don't mix with nukes
In regard to the April 24 Opinion piece, "The danger of an Israeli strike on Iran": Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel will do whatever is necessary to avoid living under the shadow of an Iranian nuclear capability. It's a shame that he has in mind military action, rather than strengthening Israel's support for the establishment of a nuclear-free Middle East, as called for by the UN General Assembly.
Israel possesses, for the foreseeable future, overwhelming conventional military superiority in the region and Iran understandably objects to being treated as a special case with regard to nuclear nonproliferation.
Iran's complete and verifiable cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation will surely come, provided that Washington also formally commits itself to a policy of no first use of its nuclear weapons in the Middle East.
Twickenham, United Kingdom
Walt Rodgers can stipulate many "why not" conditions but fails to come up with clear alternatives to stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. He should provide solutions to the terrifying prospect of a nuclear Iran. It is easy to analyze, but much more difficult to be a constructive problem solver.
Carson City, Nev.
Walt Rodgers seems to forget that, while the US still is a superpower and one of Israel's strongest and most influential allies, it is Benjamin Netanyahu's sole prerogative and responsibility, as Israel's elected prime minister, to ensure his country's safety.
It is Israel, not the US, that is directly threatened by Iran's nuclear weapons; it will be Israeli citizens, not American citizens, who will suffer the consequences of any nuclear attack in the region. Let us make our own decisions.
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