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Letter: Netanyahu's red line
October 06, 2012, 05:00 AM Letter

Editor,

Mike Caggiano (letter, "Netanyahu and Dr. Strangelove” from the Sept. 26 edition of the Daily Journal) misunderstood that Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has called for a red line against Iran development of atomic weapons because he hopes to avoid military action. Netanyahu has explained using, as an example, President Kennedy setting a red line for the USSR in the Cuban Missile Crisis, which averted a war. Allan Dershowitz said what was necessary, that the United States is prepared to take decisive military action to ensure Iran does not have atomic weapons. Netanyahu cannot risk Iran having an atomic weapon, because Iran has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel. On Sept. 25, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said to the U.N. that Israel should be "eliminated.” It is unacceptable for Iran to have atomic weapons, because it has shown its disregard for human life by sponsoring suicide bombers, other terrorists and human shields.


Norman Licht

San Carlos 



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