by Patricia Lewis
A Dangerous Delusion is a small, short book that enters what
The authors catalogue several of the proposals put forward in various negotiations and meetings with
A Dangerous Delusion outlines what the authors call 'myths, falsehoods and misrepresentations' about
Ayatollah Khamenei's 2005 fatwa against the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons is examined, as is President Ahmadinejad's statement, mistranslated as a call to 'wipe
They point out, however, that others have done the same or similar and not had such harsh punishment. Indeed,
One of the most interesting quotes is from
The authors' plea is to rescind any talk of subjecting
The book fails to make the case in two respects: the first is the impact of concerns regarding human rights abuses in
Few, however, can be better qualified to address human rights as applied to a wide variety of countries and situations than
The only problem with the book is that, while making his case and setting the scene -- and none may doubt Robertson's knowledge of human rights law -- he has had to distill
Robertson's book, however, is well worth reading and the case he makes is strong. He has interviewed more than 40 former prisoners and relatives in his chambers and this alone gives the book an edge similar volumes do not possess.
After stating his view that there is 'no graver threat to international peace and security than the prospect of
The second part is a book about nuclear weapons: how they were used in 1945; the law that currently deals with them;
Part III is where Robertson is really on his home turf. This is where he shines. There are few to match his expertise and intellectual rigor when he addresses the issue of nuclear weapons and how they breach human rights principles and laws, and what should be done about them.
His analysis of the laws of war, human rights law and nuclear weapons pulls no punches and should be read by every international relations expert, diplomat and UN official.
The threats to attack
Robertson does not shirk in his duty by leaving us with a mere insightful analysis of the Iranian nuclear situation, the bomb and the law. Instead he takes it further and thoughtfully presents the case for a way forward.
Building on President Obama's
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Patricia Lewis is Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
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