Diplomacy is the answer on Iran

To The Editor:

I must disagree with the guest editorial, “A Green Light for Israel.” An attack on Iran by either Israel of the United States would trigger a wave of horrible events, likely ending in a thermonuclear exchange between the nuclear powers, the United States against Russia and China and vice versa. In the Cold War era it was obvious that an attack on fundamental interests of the Soviet Union could lead to a nuclear war, in which hundreds of millions would die. In fact, if the Nuclear Winter theory is valid, the entire human race could go extinct. This danger still exists today.

Now, somehow, it seems OK to defy Russia and China’s open defense of Iran and Syria from attack at the United Nations. This is after U.S. and NATO attacks on Iraq, Aghanistan, and more recently, Libya, including the death of the head of state. In fact, the only safe approach to the threat of possible Iranian nuclear weapons is diplomacy and working closer with Russia and China. We in the United States and Israel need to cooperate with Russia and solve disputes diplomatically. The new leadership in Russia under President-elect Putin is not aggressive, but is now willing to back down. Any alternative could be catastrophic for the United States, Israel and the planet.

Howard Giske


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