Recently international officials have worked on a nuclear deal with Iran that would limit their capacity to build a bomb. Obama praised the deal that was reached by stating “after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” This deal has many facets and it basically limits Iran’s nuclear capacity and in exchange, the international community will lift some economic sanctions that are emplaced on Iran. Iran must reduce its nuclear centrifuges considerably to prevent substantial uranium enrichment. Sources say enrichment of uranium needs to reach 90% in order for a nuclear bomb to be created but this deal would only allow uranium to be enriched to 3.67%. Bomb creation would not be a possibility. This limit would last for 15 years but some nuclear power for peaceful uses seem to be allowed. Another part of this deal requires that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect uranium mines, nuclear sites and centrifuges to ensure Iran doesn’t cheat the deal. Inspectors will do this over the next 20 years.
Many seem to doubt that this deal will even work. There is a commercial on television that says that we need a better deal. I disagree that it could be better. Iran and the international community have worked laboriously over this deal to ensure that each side gets what they want. The fact that Iran agreed to this deal is a historic achievement. The GOP and Israel do not trust this deal and think that it undermines international security since they consider Iran a terrorist supporter. However, I believe it is better to achieve engagement through diplomacy then start a costly war. If we antagonize and threaten a country with war, relations will continue to be strained. We should always pursue peace rather than war and I believe this deal is a step in the right direction towards peace.
I want to play devil’s advocate and I want to question what the point of nuclear weapons are in today’s world. I just can’t fathom why many nations even waste the time to create nuclear weapons. First of all, it is dumb to even fire a nuclear weapon on another country. If they do use it, the international community will react with force or even fire a nuclear weapon on the aggressor. It is mutual assured destruction. Second, many countries have defense systems that could intercept a nuclear weapon and prevent it from reaching its target. Also the thought of the destruction that nuclear war could cause would render the world inhabitable. Why are we spending so much money on these weapons that could destroy the world? Some countries have thousands of nuclear weapons that they do not even use. I’m concerned where and how these weapons are stored. Are these facilities even safe? I’m worried that someday these bombs would just detonate for no reason and totally obliterate an area. I just do not understand why we build these weapons and never use them and better yet why do we even want to use them? Nuclear weapons do more harm than good.