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The book that proves why Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons.

In Mullahs Without Mercy Geoffrey Robertson QC demonstrates, with chilling examples, why Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. This timely and authoritative book makes clear how international law must be deployed to stop Iran from developing a nuclear strike capability.

A dramatic account of how Iran's leaders have committed, without compunction, a series of crimes against humanity and a sinister campaign of targeted assassinations, Mullahs Without Mercy makes clear that the perpetrators remain in positions of power and are conspiring to commit a greater crime - the possession and use of nuclear weapons.

Using his unique access to the Boroumand Foundation files, Geoffrey Robertson makes the case that the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran will be catastrophic for peace and justice for everyone. No scenario can avoid the serious risk that by design or even miscalculation, the bomb will be used and will trigger a regional, and possibly global, war.


In a beautifully argued book, the QC with a stellar track record on human rights suggests one solution would be for the United Nations to regulate the disarmament of existing nuclear stockpiles. And he wants the international Court of Justice to rule that using a nuclear weapon in any circumstance would be an international crime. Legal sanctions are all very well, but history shows you can’t legislate against madness. Read it and weep.

Frances Rand, South Coast Register, Nowra

Will diplomacy, international justice or regime change alter Iran’s dangerous flirtation with nuclear weapons? Could a pre-emptive strike against Iran be justified? Would it succeed? Where would it lead? Would it be legal in international law? This disturbing book explores the options that face the world as it stumbles, like a sleep-walker, into the perils of a new nuclear age. Fearsome weapons of mass destruction are mixed in a witch’s cauldron with religious fanaticism, blind cruelty and unbending national pride. At a moment of great unrest in Iran’s region, this is a well timed and unsettling analysis of an unfolding crisis

Honourable Michael Kirby, AC CMG, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of the International Commission of Jurists, Special Representative of the SG for Cambodia

A terrific yet terrifying read – essential to understand one of the most urgent problems facing the world in 2013.

Helena Kennedy QC

Geoffrey Robertson makes a powerful and nuanced case for why international law remains our best hope for nuclear disarmament. This is an important book that deals with an urgent global concern.

Tim Soutphommasane, author of Don't Go Back to Where You Came From

With brilliant, cogent advocacy Geoffrey Robertson shifts the problem of nuclear weapons onto new ground. The development of international humanitarian law over recent years provides us with a fresh opportunity. The mere existence of a thermo-nuclear bomb jeopardises our fundamental human rights. If we can outlaw the dum-dum bullet, if we can criminalise the murderous dictator, then we have an existing framework to outlaw, by degrees, our nuclear weaponry. Robertson’s compelling argument is rooted in practical politics. The acquisition of the bomb should become a crime against humanity, and we have the means to make it so. In a generation, no one has written so well, and with such measured and rational optimism. This is a very important book.

Ian McEwan

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    November 19, 2012

    Vintage Australia

    400 pages

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    November 19, 2012

    Random House Australia

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