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February 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Iran and nuclear weapons

Don’t ignore the nuclear elephant

I see a number of well-reasoned pieces of advice to the new president on how to deal with Iran, all urging him to emphasize diplomacy and take the “military option” off the table.

Unfortunately, they all also ignore the “elephant in the living room,” which is a nuclear-armed Israel, within easy-missile range of Iran.

I want to speak the unspeakable: President Obama must either accept the inevitability of a nuclear-armed Iran or else insist that Israel give up its nuclear weapons. He can’t expect Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions so long as Isreal retains its nuclear arsenal.

Of course, he could resort to regime change in a military attack on Iran, but we all know it wouldn’t work. The choice is painful, especially for the huge number of Americans for whom Israel can do no wrong, but these are the only options available.

Peace with a nuclear-armed Iran, or both Iran and Israel must give up their nukes.

Or, declare war.

— Norman Marsh, Everett

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