Your editorial in the paper of Nov. 25, titled “Time to Enforce Deadline,” rightly describes the danger posed to Israel by the looming Iranian nuclear threat and the need for the United States to take action. One important addition to your argument would be the often neglected fact that there are huge risks for the United States as well if Iran becomes a nuclear-weapons power.
Whatever the political, economic and security risks for the United States that might occur via sanctions or even by a last-resort military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, they will be as nothing compared to the shadow of nuclear blackmail under which America will be obliged to live once Iran gets its hands on such weapons.
Even if Iran never fires them at us, who really believes it won’t give such weapons to terrorists? And who believes that, once securing them, terrorists wouldn’t use them against us?
Just one nuclear attack on an American city would break our will to resist. Think about it: Japan was fanatically opposed to surrendering in 1945. It took two atomic bombs to change its mind. Does anyone believe Americans will fight harder today than the Japanese did then — that we will absorb one, two or three nuclear attacks and keep on fighting?
Once Iran gets the bomb, our freedom and security may well be compromised beyond our wildest imaginations.
Dr. Alan A. Mazurek
Great Neck, N.Y.
Chairman, National Executive Committee, Zionist Organization of America