- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Washington Times lead editorial “Obama and the Iranian bomb” (Opinion, Tuesday) quotes the “center-left” Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in warning that Iran could reach nuclear capability during 2009.

Such hype is dangerous because it leads people to assume that the elimination of Iran’s nuclear program will bring security to Israel, the Sunnis and the United States. Given that biological, chemical and even conventional weapons have become so powerful, affordable and easy to conceal, even a world without nuclear weapons wouldn’t bring us an iota of increased security.

Security is not established by arms or disarmament. It stems from justice and respect for human rights - not from the pursuit of national, religious or ideological interests.

Any individual who calls for the destruction of any country or group of people, for any reason, should be held accountable for his actions. Individual decisions are responsible for wars, genocide, environmental destruction and budgets that ignore the needs of children. Pre-emptive military strikes to disarm a nation are more likely to spark Armageddon than provide human security.

CHUCK WOOLERY

Rockville

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