"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Friday, May 19, 2006

The "Debate" Continues...

Are air raid shelters really protection against a nuclear attack?

Since Iran is about 10 years from a nuclear weapon, if it actually intends on obtaining 'one' (which there is little or no evidence to support), then surely that is sufficient time to acquire more "accurate weapons."

This letter is completely without merit. Though the purpose of printing it is quite obvious.

"Madam, - If an Iranian nuclear missile is ever launched at Israel the people who will suffer most will be the Palestinians as, unlike their Israeli neighbours, they lack air-raid shelters and a functioning civil defence system. Given the accuracy of the missiles available to Iran it is just as likely that ground zero would be in a Palestinian location as an Israeli one.

If Raymond Deane and the so-called Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign were genuinely concerned about the interests of Palestinians they would be as concerned as the Israelis are about the Iranian leader's increasingly erratic behaviour and public statements. Instead, Mr Deane uses his access to the media to try to equate the democratically elected governments of Israel and the US with the demagogue who leads Iran. With friends like Raymond Deane the Palestinians don't need any more enemies. - Yours, etc, XXXX"

The Irish Times