- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A nuclear Iran would have grave consequences. In the event that Iran develops nuclear weapons, the Obama administration’s intention to employ a mutually assured destruction (MAD) policy toward Iran would be a high-stakes gamble. A MAD strategy is only successful when both sides are guided by intellect. If either side is guided by emotion, ego or blind fanatical faith, MAD will fail. During the Cuban missile crisis, MAD narrowly succeeded because the intellectuals on both sides were able to overcome the egotists and zealots.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and the other intellectuals in Iran know their fanatics and egotists better than the Obama administration does, and they truly understand what is at stake if Iran becomes a nuclear power. Their risking life and limb to protest against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a testimonial of this. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s recent purge of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, sweeping aside ranking officials with decades of experience in favor of loyalists, and his use of the judiciary to target reformists indicate that his regime is guided by egotism and blind faith rather than intellect.

EDWARD J. SMITRESKI

Northampton, Pa.

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