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It is remarkable that Shibley Telhami can expound 10 points on the Iranian nuclear issue yet totally omit three of the most important aspects of this critical issue ("Iran, Israel, America: 10 points of interconnection," April 23).

First, Iran's leaders repeatedly call for the destruction of Israel and arm and fund Islamic extremists responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans soldiers.

Second, the Iranian regime believes that the arrival of the Shia messiah known as the "Mahdi" can be hastened by annihilating Israel, the "Little Satan," and the United States, the "Great Satan."

Third, Iran's long record of lies and duplicity concerning their nuclear program clearly evidences a strategic goal of using negotiations to stall for time to achieve the nuclear point of no return.

These three points are why so many people throughout the world disagree with Mr. Telhami's claim that a nuclear armed Iran is a "manageable" challenge and one that Israel "may be able to live with." It is also why the West should apply all of its energy and resources to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability, rather than pursue Mr. Telhami's naive dream of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East which would only undermine Israel's security.

Jay Bernstein, Baltimore

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