NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PEACE.

Author:Bird, Kai
Position:IRON DOME
 
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Dan Raviv's fascinating article ("Inside the Iron Dome," July/August 2018) reminds me of how Robert Oppenheimer and his own team of Manhattan Project scientists developed the atomic bomb in two and a half years. The story of how Israeli scientists developed the Iron Dome defensive shield against short-range rockets in a relatively short time period is testimony to human ingenuity. When we humans set our minds to it, we are very good at inventing weapons--and not so good at making peace.

The key line in Raviv's story is, "It didn't take long for Hamas to adapt." As Raviv points out, Hamas and Hezbollah could simply fire enough missiles simultaneously to overload Iron Dome's capabilities. And after all, it only takes one conventionally armed and targeted missile to create a bloody tragedy. Or worse, think about the possibility of a simple "dirty bomb" filled with radioactive medical...

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