Suicide Nations?

[With all due respect for the anxieties of Israelis in the face of a nuclear threat from Iran, I don’t believe that either Israel or Iran is a suicide nation. Presumably most of the individual suicide bombers have either been depressed or fanatics. But I don’t believe two nations with abundant young people with so much life ahead of them would risk all with a nuclear war. Talking is what is called for now so that each can reassure the other that it will not pursue self-destruction. Lest we forget, it was we outsiders (U.S. and British oil interests) who sabotaged Iranian democracy under Mossadeq and installed the brutal Shah:

It is, perhaps, our obligation to make peace possible here as recompense. Benny Morris (below) demonstrates the failure of a well known Israeli to get it. Ed Kent]

Using Bombs to Stave Off War
Should a conventional assault by Israel fail to stall the
Iranian nuclear program, a ratcheting up of the
Iranian-Israeli conflict to a nuclear level will most
likely follow.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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