From Ms Shirin Narwani.

Sir, It is refreshing to read a rare article on Israel and Iran that analyses the situation correctly (“Mr Obama must take a stand against Israel over Iran”, March 5).

It is worth noting that a nuclear programme attracts wide popular support among Iranians who recognise the glaring double standards of western governments, which either have nuclear programmes (civilian or otherwise) themselves or tolerate it in other countries such as Israel and India; they also argue for the necessity of a nuclear deterrent given their experience of Iran’s global isolation when Iraq invaded Iran in 1980. During this war, 1m Iranian lives were lost, and there was not a single UN resolution condemning the invasion and occupation of Iranian land – in stark contrast to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Professors Walt and Mearsheimer are right when they conclude that, if Israel destroys Iran’s nuclear facilities (civilian or otherwise), they will be rebuilt.

Shirin Narwani, London W9, UK

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