- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

The Obama administration has decided that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would help resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. This fallacious idea is tantamount to thinking that the resolution of any of the religious or national conflicts throughout the world would somehow stop Iran’s steady advance toward achieving the atomic bomb.

Years of negotiating with Iran should lead anyone to the simple conclusion that a military strike or the imposition of unbearable sanctions is the only possible action that would end Iran’s pursuit of nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, Russia and China would prevent any serious sanctions from being leveled against Iran.

The consequences of an Israeli military strike must be measured against Iran’s possession of a nuclear arsenal. The persons in possession of an Iranian nuclear arsenal would be able to blackmail every country in the Middle East. In light of their past statements, much worse might be in store for Israel.

Israel is faced with the dilemma of doing nothing. It has to guess whether Iran would actually use a nuclear bomb (as it has promised on many occasions) and decide, based on that guess, whether it should attack Iran before it has become nuclear.

I think Israel should attack Iranian facilities now and face the possibility of a counterattack from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas. As bad as that is, it’s better than facing a nuclear Iran.

WILLIAM K. LANGFAN

Palm Beach, Fla.

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