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John Hammond: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before...
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
Jurassic Park, 1993
The United States has no right under international law to intervene in the internal affairs of another sovereign state.
Despite its constant saber rattling, Iran has always acted with an eye towards the potential consequences of its actions.
Iran does not always act quite so rationally. Rarely, but repeatedly over the years, it has launched attacks that seemed to invite massive retaliation, for apparently little gain. Iran's targets have included the U.S. Embassyand Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish community center in Argentina in the early 1990s, and the U.S. military's Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996. Just last year, the Iranians were behind a botched scheme to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States. (Source)
Possessing nuclear weapons will force it to make structural changes to accommodate the possible consequences of an unauthorized use of nuclear weapons.
A nuclear Iran would serve as a strategic counterweight to other nuclear powers in the area.
Relaxing the pressure on Tehran would make Russian subversion more difficult.
Nuclear research requires high levels of non-religious eduction. It is precisely this educated class that poses the greatest threat to Iran's theocracy.
I judge the Iran debate as follows:
round 1: DJW001
round 2: adjensen
round 3: adjensen
For the winner of the debate I chose Adjesen.
He presented a better idea for how Iran should move forward on the international stage, through strong economic partnerships and building an educated middle class. Further more he argued quite well that having a Nuclear Iran although beneficial in some aspects, would still lead to further destabilization of the region, along with the scare of having a religious fanatic in charge of such destructive power.