Debate: Should Iran Have Nuclear Weapons

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Eliminating Iran’s Nuclear Power

It’s quite astonishing how the United States conducts itself throughout the world. Consistently through history, the United States has made a point to go in and fight wars not usually so well received by the rest of the world. On November 1, 1955 the United States invaded Vietnam in order to impose their democratic beliefs during the Cold War; a time of the communist scare. More recently, in March of 2003, the USA declared war on Iraq because of the “belief” that there were weapons of mass destruction (WMD), though there was little evidence of this. So now, as the evidence mounts that Iran is awfully close to obtaining these same weapons, why has the US government not been able to eliminate Iran’s program. The United States not only should impose sanctions on Iran, but should create a dialogue with the rest of the world in pursuit of a complete disband of Iran’s nuclear power program.

In order to understand the current situation, one has to first understand why a nuclear weapon in the hands of the Iranian government is so dangerous. In 2006, Ali Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader), sent military support to Lebanon to fight the Israeli government, the USA’s closest and most trusted ally. This war was caused by the militant Hezbollah group firing rockets at the Israeli border towns as a diversion for an anti-tank missile attack on two armored Israeli Humvees patrolling the border fence. It should also be noted the the United States and many other nations have declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. According, to a case study done by “The Christian Science Monitor,” Iran has been the world’s leading exporter of terrorism for the past 20+ years[1]. Although this is a already a fairly daunting fact, it’s even more frightening to realize that it is unlikely these ways will change in the future.

While all this is true, there is a counter argument which is compelling. The truth is, the United States nor Israel has any right to...
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