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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disruptions could slow Iran’s nuclear march
The Obama administration and Israeli leadership have stated adamantly that Iran's acquisition of nuclear capability is not an option. The most broadly discussed scenario is one in which Israeli military assets are used in a large, direct assault against Tehran's nuclear facilities and military installations. Notwithstanding this conventional thinking, it seems more likely that another strategy may be more effective and less horrific in the long run.
Such a strategy would involve dealing Iran's nuclear initiative "death by a thousand cuts" through a long-term series of stealthlike attacks, assassinations and cyberwars. As a matter of fact, attacks of this type reportedly are already in progress, and the cumulative effect of such well-timed strikes have produced in the past and can produce in the future incremental and serious delays for the Iranian nuclear program. The long-term effects of such a strategy would be to consistently set back Iran's launch date for viable nuclear-weapon capability, thereby also setting back the drama and drastic consequences of an all-out war in the Middle East while sanctions continue to grind away.
The existing threats to the peaceful existence of the Israeli people and their nation may have never been greater than at present. Surrounded by enemies and rebellions everywhere, Israel is forced to tread with care, cunning and intelligence at all times in pursuing its self-interest and preservation in today's geopolitical environment.
North Las Vegas, Nev.
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