Can We Live with a Nuclear Iran?
POL1102 D – Politics and Globalization
Professor: Dr Daniel Pierre-Antoine
Moderator: Dr Daniel Pierre-Antoine
War has commenced since the late 1800’s with over 150 conflicts and 600 battles occurring, and still taking place on a global perspective. People who witness war firsthand tend to feel that the most memorable moments are the moments that people wish to remember the least. The dilemma faced in society currently is the idea of Iran having the capability of possessing a nuclear weapon. Doing so will make them the tenth nuclear power in the world, adding them to a list involving; The United States, Russia, United Kingdoms, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel . The major focus of today’s discussion is on Iran’s pronouncement to go nuclear. The first half of this paper will attempt to depict the pros for Iran receiving a nuke, and the cons of receiving a nuke. This will enable us to gain a non-biased view on the situation in Iran. The second half of this paper will summarize why ‘we’ cannot live with a nuclear Iran. The core purpose for acquiring nuclear weapons in a society is not to cause violence, but rather deter violence, which is a viable fit to any country using it for those specific purposes. This fact is proven by all the countries that already possess nuclear weapons. These weapons are utilized the same way that bouncers are used at clubs. To secure the vicinity and keep unwanted people out. Keeping this in mind, we must take into consideration the Non-Proliferation Treaty aka NPT. The NPT acts as a repellent of nuclear technology to countries as its primal objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of energy. With these restrictions, only 5 states were recognized as nuclear weapons from the 190 parties that were involved in the NPT. The United States, Russia, United Kingdoms, France, and China all possessed nuclear weapons, and are also the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The controversy with trying to restrict Iran’s Nuclear Weapons development can be rewarded to the 4 non-parties that have already broken the treaty who possess Nuclear Weapons. India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel all possess nuclear weapons. So why shouldn’t Iran have nuclear weapons? Examples where deterrence is utilized by this tactic are still in effect today, as proven by the United States. They possess so much nuclear power that no country would dare go up against them, and hence keeps their homeland safe and secure. It is safe to say that Iranians want to feel that same sense of safety in their own home just as anyone would. Iran is viewed as a country engorged with a lot of terrorism, making it harder for a movement like this to occur openly. The media definitely takes responsibility for the ways Iranians are viewed, generally using the term terrorism with association to ‘brown’ people. As for the suitability for Iran to have nuclear weapons, let’s view the nuclear weapons club. Russia is the greatest global bully, with a terrible Human Rights record. China is not at all democratic, occupies Tibet and constantly threatens its neighbours over natural resources. Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is the most controversial matter in the Middle East currently as their neighbourly Israelis obtain nuclear weapons and an alliance with the United States. How can Iran be blamed for wanting to obtain nuclear weapons, when everyone around them they are surrounded by it. The idea of obtaining a nuke provides the locals with a sense of security. The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to be the world’s 10th nuclear power. Iran is disregarding its international obligations and is resisting constant diplomatic pressure to stop it from enriching uranium. Iran has broken many UN Security Council resolutions directing it suspend...