Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why Iran will not attack Israel

No attack on Israel
Washington Times, Sept. 24, 2008 at A22.

We are almost always in agreement with Thomas Sowell ("Idols and Crowds," Web, Commentary, Saturday). However, his views on the possibility of Iran attacking Israel are misplaced for the following reasons:

1) Islam's third-holiest site - the al-Aqsa Mosque, including the Dome of the Rock - is in Jerusalem, and therefore, Iran would not seek its destruction. Remember that the entire country of Israel is smaller than New Jersey. Even a nuclear bomb dropped on Haifa - the biggest city in northern Israel - would mean disaster for Jerusalem; 2) A nuclear attack by Iran would mean nuclear retaliation by Israel, the United States and its allies; 3) Iran has yet to pre-emptively attack another nation.

So, contrary to the rhetoric, Iran will not attack Israel, with or without nuclear weapons.