||[Jan. 31st, 2005|10:16 pm]
Private-Intellectual Debating Society
Vice President Richard B. Cheney|
Eisenhower Executive Building
Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Dear Mr Cheney,
In an interview with MSNBC aired on Thursday, 27 January 2005, you stated:
'If, in fact, the Israelis become convinced the Iranians had significant nuclear power, given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards.'
Given that the Iranians appear to be co-operating with the appropriate international authorities on nuclear issues, and that the United States - as stated by Dr Rice on Sunday, 30 January 2005 - plans to build bases on each side of Iran and continue what many might regard as spying activities in such a way as might be considered intimidation, do you not feel that the real danger is not so much the possibility of Iranian action, but the probability of Israeli assault? Would this not make, in this instance, Israel the far more dangerous obstacle towards peace in the Middle East at the moment?
Chmn. Pr.-Int. D. Soc.