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As the nuclear talks with Iran continue, it seems as though the regime is stalling for time. Each and every day Iran gets closer to achieving nuclear weapons capabilities, it poses a greater threat to American foreign interest.
As a college student, I am focused and invested in America’s future. If Iran had nuclear weapons capabilities, I would be facing a future of skyrocketing oil prices, increased threats of terrorism and a Middle East nuclear arms race. America needs to take the lead in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability for our own interest and national security.
I believe Iran is the world’s leading state and sponsor of terrorism. If it acquires nuclear weapon capabilities, it will be able to easily provide terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah with nuclear material. American troops and bases abroad would be at it even greater risk. The regime could provide nuclear material and knowledge to its allies in South America, bringing the threat of nuclear terror close to America’s shores.
An Iranian regime with nuclear weapons capability would change the balance of power in the Middle East. Other Arab countries, who have hinted they would develop a capability, would waste no time to acquire the technology. A nuclear-capable Iran could more successfully pressure Middle Eastern countries to adhere to Tehran’s wishes and ignore ours. This would mean that our power to work with many other Arab countries would be weakened if they were to feel threatened by a nuclear capable Iran. American influence would fade, as Iran’s would soar.
AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) shared a quote from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that I find terrifying, “With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.”
There is a broad bipartisan consensus from members of both parties in Congress and the U.S. President that Iran cannot and will not achieve nuclear weapons capability. It is our job as U.S citizens to prevent one of the most dangerous countries in the world from having the most lethal weapon known to mankind by keeping this national issue on top of the political agenda.
*The views in this article represent the opinion of the author, and not those of CisternYard News.