Sunday, October 13, 2013


Netanyahu's recent hype on Iran's nuclear program (Press 1/10) is by now getting a little worn. Almost every year for the last 20 years or so, we were informed that, unless someone intervened, Iran would have the 'bomb' within three to five years, sometimes less, unless Iran "was forced to stop". However Israeli's nuclear weapons program yielded nuclear bombs in absolute secrecy in only five years. The Israeli nuclear program was subsequently followed by South Africa, India and even poor Pakistan with virtually no industrial base and more recently North Korea. Yet Iran which is endowed with a robust industrial base, exceptional engineering universities and a well educated population has been unable to build a nuclear bomb within 20 years ?  That's hard to believe. Iran's peaceful nuclear program was also verified in 2007 and 2011 by a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate in a report prepared by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
letter submitted to the Christchurch 'Press' 1/10/'13 but rejected by the editors