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posted Nov 27, 2011, 5:45 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Nov 27, 2011, 5:49 PM ]
Posted in World

By David Yoo


Iran’s nuclear programs are not new. It’s puzzling to see the way people and even politicians have reacted considering they have been developing this technology as far back as the early 1980s. Their advances towards nuclear technology, however, were only fully realized when the Bushehr I reactor was officially opened in a ceremony on 12 September 2011, (essentially declaring to the world that nuclear technology has finally been acquired in Iran). What frightens some is that this acquisition of technology is that Iran is considered what most politicians call “a rogue state” (or a country who has the capacity to disturb world peace). Scaring many is that Mahmoud Ahmedinejad (the current President of Iran) seems to display a capricious personality and a very staunch pro-Iran and anti-Western stance that dominates his view on the world issues. In fact, the sanctions that the U.N. imposed are "annoying flies, like a used tissue” for President Ahmedinejad.

The truth of the matter is that this man is now in possible control of nuclear warheads that may be used for wrong reasons at the wrong people. This deserves such worry, and at heart, terrifies us all. Curtailing such a threat has not and will not come easy. Our current measures to prevent Iran from acquiring further nuclear technology have not hindered Ahmedinejad in the least. Adding to it all is that we are truly uncertain at what the Iranian president is capable of doing with possible weapons of mass destruction and the consequences of using such lethal force. It is for this reason that we need to strengthen our foreign policy measures but in a very prudent manner. Let us not relive the war on Iraq again, and find out (after possibly invading Iran) that they do not, in fact, have weapons to begin with. Neither a pacifist approach nor an all-out declaration for an absolute invasion is the option. The course of action required in this situation requires the balance of the two ideas, and we must not forget that foreign policy is a matter of making intelligent and careful decisions that we will not regret in the future.

I say this only in response to something that startled me while watching the Republican debate, "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon," said Romney. It is not a black or white option, Mr. Romney. It has become clear that we are no longer in need of a Republican president or a president in general that looks upon the east in such a manner, but one who can appreciate and take hold of a situation far deadlier and distant than the world has ever seen.