Friday, 25 September 2009

Letter published in The Times on Iran and the missile shield

Trident and tested
What use would a defensive missile shield have against suicide bombs?


Why would Iran, even when led by someone as irascible as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ever contemplate an unprovoked missile attack on southern Europe, or even on the US, when such an attack would result in overwhelming retaliation by infinitely more powerful US Forces (“Russia says it will join sanctions against Iran”, report, Sept 24)?

Throughout the Cold War we were told that nuclear deterrence works, and this refrain is repeated now, as Trident replacement is under discussion. Why is deterrence with conventional, let alone nuclear, weapons deemed inadequate in the case of Iran? Furthermore, the most worrying threat to our civilian population is from suicide bombings with homemade explosives. So what use would a defensive missile shield have been in any case?

John Slinger

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