I am very fearful of a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, but (speaking only for myself) I hope that Israel and the US will continue to act in small but effective ways to forestall its nuclear program, including cyber-warfare and other secretive efforts at sabotage (not to mention strong economic sanctions). These are far preferable to an all-out air assault, which would only mobilize popular Iranian support for the regime, rallying around the flag, rather than forcing Iran to come to its senses regarding its threats and provocations against Israel’s existence; an overt attack would also likely precipitate a broader war against Israel and the United States.
does not speak for me, it well articulates the kind of fear that Iran’s nuclear program, and its obstinate thumbing its nose at the world on this issue, have generated:
Despite being slowed by sanctions and a computer virus, Iran’s nuclear progress is steady. …
Only a credible military threat could force Iran to seriously consider terminating its nuclear program. ..
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has advocated for the destruction of Israel, denied the Holocaust, and supplied Hezbollah and Hamas with arms. Though all of the world should be concerned with the most powerful terrorist state gaining nuclear capabilities, Israelis would be the first victims. An important lesson that the civilized world taught us over 60 years ago is that the Jewish people cannot depend on others for protection, and there are plenty of Holocaust museums throughout Europe that testify to this reality. We do not want more museums.
Brian Fuchs, New York
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