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Should the world let a nuclear Iran survive?

Should the world let a nuclear Iran survive?
Iran’s nuclear capacity has driven the world crazy! It is not that Iran has been in news for wrong reasons for the first time, even earlier President George W. Bush had termed it as one of the axis of evils. Ever since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took over Iran, the country has been on a collision course with the rest of world. Not that world has had an easy relationship with Tehran; ever since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the country has chosen the offensive path instead of conciliatory one. Even though it is an Islamic country, it shares cold relations with other Arab countries.

Reasons for letting Iran to go nuclear
  • Defense of its boundaries – Not many are aware but the nuclear capacity of Iran owes its existence to USA. It began in the 1950s as part of the atoms for peace program. Iran claims that it is its right to go nuclear as it helps protect its boundaries. Part of its claim are true, Iran is the only Shiite country in the world, hence, sectarian strife with other Sunni dominated countries is common. Also, it shares a hostile relationship with Israel. Hence, it looks, but natural that it wants to go nuclear.
  • Country’s right to follow its own course – When half of the world is busy amassing nuclear weapons, it gets a little uneasy to sell world peace saying that while others have a right to follow their policies, Iran does not have the same right. It appears very flimsy and instead of dissuading the country, it instead arouses public passion. This passion in turn makes diplomatic channels evaporate and hence, the roadblock.
  • Security – Iran feels insecure of its standing in the world. Time and again it has shown that it wants a major pie in world affairs. It feels that nuclear power would help in growing its stature.
Reasons against letting Iran go nuclear
  • Balance of power - A nuclear Iran would make West Asia a far more dangerous place. As the wikileaks showed, even Saudi Arabia is against a nuclear Iran, as it feels that it would threaten its safety. A nuclear Iran, with Ahmadinejad is like a drunk driver in a Jaguar. Anything can happen anytime!
  • Oil and natural resources - Iran is rich in natural resources, India and China are major buyers of these resources and hence any sanction against Iran does not work. These countries also have considerable influence on Iran; hence they too should be engaged on policy formulations on Iran. Also, any economic or trade sanction on Iran could slow down Asian economies hence, any step taken should be given considerable thought.
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