October 16, 2003
Re "Israel Ups Ante With Subs," editorial, Oct. 14: The Times' contention that Israel's placement of nuclear forces at sea to avoid destruction is an "aggressive step" is curious considering that the strategy -- by assuring a second-strike capability -- will make Jerusalem less nuclear-trigger happy in an acute international crisis. While The Times sympathizes with Tehran's "irritation" over Washington's blind eye toward Israel's nuclear program, it should be more charitable to Jerusalem, considering that the mullahs have called for the extinction of the Jewish state and supported groups bent on that objective.
October 21, 2009
Re "Calling on North Korea," Opinion, Oct. 16 Paul Stares argues that resumption of six-party talks will continue to deny Pyongyang recognition as a nuclear-armed state. Practically, this is beside the point. It already has joined the likes of Pakistan, India and Israel, none of which are "formally" recognized as nuclear-armed states. His view that carefully crafted talks can cap North Korean nuclear production ignores that Pyongyang had agreed to a cap and then walked away -- witness the reconstruction of its Yongbyon facility and reports that it continues to develop enrichment capability.
September 2, 2012
Re "Isolating Iran?," Opinion, Aug. 28 In their critique of Iran sanctions, Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski argue that Libya demonstrates that penalties do not alter behavior. History tells another story. By the early 1990s, sanctions by the United Nations Security Council and from elsewhere froze Libya's global financial assets while cutting access to arms, oil equipment, aircraft maintenance, air travel and diplomatic relations. As the country's increasing isolation hit the economy and generated unrest, government pragmatists called for an end of the country's anti-West agenda.
November 24, 2006
Re "Take Ahmadinejad with a grain of salt," Current, Nov. 19 Ray Takeyh must be living in the same fantasy world that Neville Chamberlain was when he returned from Munich in 1938 and told the world that there would be "peace in our time." At what point don't we take a world leader's words at face value? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel should be "wiped off the map." He's made other inflammatory statements about Israel being a "mistake" that will be corrected.
November 29, 2005
After reading your Nov. 27 editorial, "The way forward in Iraq," I have a suggestion: Try to avoid parroting GOP talking points in your comments about Rep. John P. Murtha's proposal. First, don't call it a proposal for "withdrawal." It isn't. Murtha (D-Pa.) has called for "redeployment" in the region. Second, don't call it a proposal for "immediate" departure. It isn't that either. It calls for redeployment "as soon as possible." The distinctions are important -- too important to be blurred by your newspaper.
January 19, 2003
Re "Accept Nuclear Reality on the Korean Peninsula," Commentary, Jan. 16: Bennett Ramberg acknowledges that North Korea will probably try to sell nuclear weapons to willing buyers, just as it presently sells missiles and allegedly drugs. Ramberg states that the cornerstone of any agreement would be for the U.S. to have the right and duty to intercept any shipments of illicit nuclear weapons. Considering that nuclear weapons can be placed in suitcases or in diplomatic pouches, this interdiction would be problematic.