- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

We are almost always in agreement with Thomas Sowell (“Idols and Crowds,” Web, Commentary, Saturday). However, his views on the possibility of Iran attacking Israel are misplaced for the following reasons:

1) Islam’s third-holiest site - the al-Aqsa Mosque, including the Dome of the Rock - is in Jerusalem, and therefore, Iran would not seek its destruction. Remember that the entire country of Israel is smaller than New Jersey. Even a nuclear bomb dropped on Haifa - the biggest city in northern Israel - would mean disaster for Jerusalem; 2) A nuclear attack by Iran would mean nuclear retaliation by Israel, the United States and its allies; 3) Iran has yet to pre-emptively attack another nation. So, contrary to the rhetoric, Iran will not attack Israel, with or without nuclear weapons.

BOB AND HIRBOD RASHIDI

Los Angeles

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