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Who Should Have Nuclear Weapons?


Should Iran be prevented from developing and having nuclear weapons?  Well, Mitt Romney thinks so.  He just visited Israel where he hanged out with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.  Romney stated that America should dissuade the Iranian regime from developing nuclear weapons.  Let’s play devil’s advocate.

Of course Iran should be stopped from having nuclear weapons.  They are dangerous, a threat to all citizens of the world.  As a matter of fact, the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not too long ago suggested Israel be wiped off the map.  The country openly supports terrorist groups such as Hezbollah based in Lebanon.  Hezbollah has repeatedly attacked Israel.  They’re a theocracy, an Islamic Republic, where religion dominates all government policy.  Their democracy is only a guise of the real thing.  Just look at their last presidential election in 2009 where the candidate Mousavi was robbed of his landslide victory over Ahmadinejad.  Too much power resides in the nation’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.  Woops, that’s a tautology because Khamenei has all the power!  Any nation where they still practice the divine right of kings—the absolute monarch, is too great a risk to have nuclear weapon capability.

So it should be clear that Iran should never have nuclear weapons.  No way!

What states already have nuclear weapons?  There are officially eight nations who have nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.  Israel is an undeclared state who has nuclear weapons.  These nations are the safe ones…right, sure they are.  What I always wanted: safe nations with nuclear weapons!  Why not no nations with nuclear weapons?

Back to devil’s advocate.  Iran, in contrast, should have the right to procure nuclear weapons.  This is the case because they live in a dangerous neighborhood.  Before the downfall of Saddam Hussein, he attacked Iran in 1980 under the pretense of a border dispute.  If Iran had had nuclear weapons at the time, as a deterrence of war like they’re meant to be, then Saddam would have likely bowed out.  Their track record in attacking other states is clean.  They haven’t attacked another nation in the last 200 years.

The greatest motive to attack other nations in the modern era is over natural resources.  Iran is one of the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world.  They should have nuclear weapons to deter others from stealing it.

What do you think?  Please, let me know.

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4 thoughts on “Who Should Have Nuclear Weapons?

  1. I am so glad that you posted on this topic. Every Nation has the right to defend itself and every nation has the right to weaken another. So while it is natural and fair for Iran to go ahead and acquire nuclear weapons, it is equally correct on Israel and US’s part to try and stop it. I think Iran is far from a nuclear weapon. This hue and cry about it being close to acquiring the deadly arsenal is concocted by vested interests in Israel and US. And here is why I think so: Whenever a country even thinks of going down the nuclear path it does it in an absolutely clandestine manner. Where were the US Intel when Pakistan and India went Nuclear? There was not even a whisper! Both countries going Nuclear was a surprise to all. Iran would not be dumb enough to so boldly flash its nuclear program which is still in its infancy.
    Vested Interests are creating a case to attack Iran just like they did with Iraq.

  2. No state should have nuclear weapons. Defend the state? The destroy the world, all of us.

  3. There absolutely should be no nuclear weapons. Nuclear technology is good, but used to kill millions is crazy. I think Einstein has the quote that says I don’t know when WW III will take place, but I know WW IV will be fought with sticks and stones. I think that is hilarious and true.

  4. “Nuclear-No clear”- It will clear us all. it will not be prevented in developing because it’s already written that it will come to pass. Defending the country is good, but there should be another options. Hoping there will be more inventors of nature friendly kind.

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