- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2009

William S. Cohen writes that “the United States and its international partners” are left “with three options” in trying to deter Iranian leaders from “their goal” to “build the bomb” (“What to expect from a nuclear Iran,” Nation, Dec. 17).

This misses the crux of the problem. The bomb is not the problem. Even if we could stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, there is no means of stopping it from developing an even more devastating biological weapon. Technology now exists that would enable the development of a biological weapon capable of targeting the Jewish people. It could be more lethal than a nuclear detonation. In addition, it would be far cheaper and easier to make, with production facilities far easier to hide.

The real problem is the genocidal leadership of Iran. They should be held accountable for inciting genocide. Such incitement is a violation of the United Nations Charter and the 1948 Convention on Genocide.

Last year, the House passed, by a nearly unanimous vote, a bill calling for the indictment of Iran’s genocidal leaders. Renewal of this bill and a Senate version would be more effective at stopping Iran’s genocidal ambitions than any amount of military force.

Moving down the path of enforceable international law and away from war and/or sanctions (which can be more deadly than war) is a step toward real peace and a step away from Armageddon.

Eliminating the means for mass destruction is no longer possible. Eliminating the desire to commit mass murder will not be easy, but it is the only sane alternative. It’s time that humanity turned toward the force of law and away from the law of force.


Rockville, Md.

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