The “Cold War” of the Middle East

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The “Cold War” of the Middle East
By: Siddhartha Ariga
Our Position:  Israel should take all necessary measures to defend itself against Iran’s dangerous nuclear program, which includes military action. Staff Vote
For: 8
Against: 15

Nuclear weapons: these are tools capable of massive destruction and death. If the wrong people obtain such weaponry, it could lead to catastrophic consequences worldwide. As of right now, Iran is developing weapons grade uranium. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, gave a speech to the United Nations in which he presented the progress of Iran’s uranium enrichment program to the General Assembly. Netanyahu was quoted in the Weekly Standard saying, “Where's Iran? Iran's completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it and they're 70% of the way there; it is only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.” Iran’s development of nuclear weaponry is a threat to Israel and therefore the United States. Israel must take all precautionary measures to prevent Iran from finishing its nuclear program and this includes military action. If something were not done to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, then the US would be pulled into a gruesome war with nuclear weapons. Currently, Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have nuclear weapons. However, this could all change by 2013. Iran has been enriching uranium and is seventy percent of the way to making a nuclear missile capable of destroying Israel. Iran’s current leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been previously been quoted in the Jerusalem Post saying that Israel has no place in the “Holy Land” and that Israel is a “fake regime” that “must be wiped off the map”. If Iran obtains enough enriched uranium, Ahmadinejad’s statement may become a gruesome reality. Now one may wonder where the USA plays a part in this standoff in the Middle East. When Israel was created by...
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