THE SO-CALLED IRANIAN THREAT

My letter in the Monterey Herald March 14, 2015:
I understand we are supposed to be terrified of Iran. I just can’t figure out why. Yes, there is the possibility they could build a nuclear weapon. They claim they don’t want to, and the CIA and Mossad don’t believe that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program. But even if Iran had a nuclear weapon, what could they do with it? At least seven other countries have their own stockpiles. The United States has thousands of nuclear warheads, and Israel is reported to have dozens. 
Iran is not suicidal or crazy. They are aware that if they tried to use a nuclear weapon against the United States or Israel, the country of Iran would be wiped off the map. Despite the dire warnings from Bibi Netanyahu and hawkish American politicians, the threat from Iran is wildly exaggerated. A negotiated settlement is certainly worth the effort.
Arlen Grossman
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