46. Applying the same logic as Lorne Kuehn (Press 6/03) with regards the equilibrium nuclear deterrents are supposed to have on keeping the peace, Iran should also have the "bomb" in order to keep the peace in the Middle East and prevent an Israeli attack on the nation. However having said that, have a good look at the map of the region and you will discover that Iran - in the event they would ever acquire the "bomb", which is not sure at all - would never been able to use it against Israel. It would be completely useless to her.
NB. The letter was rejected. Lorne Kuehn is a frequent and so it appears a by the editor favoured contributor to the letter pages of the Ch'ch Press.
Postscript. The most densely populated part of Israel is a narrow strip of less than 20 km in width, the northern part is appr. 50 km wide and only the most southern part, the more sparsely populated Negev desert is appr. 120 km. So it is clear that if Iran wanted to drop a nuclear device on Israel and even if it was capable of delivering it right on target, it would also destroy and/or seriously harm Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza and probably in the entirely region. The Iranian President's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remarks about "wiping Israel off the map" (or similar distorted quotes) have often been misinterpreted and misquoted in the western news media. What he really meant and has said is (quote): "Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and to-day does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out". He could have added the South African Apartheid regime.