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Apr 132006
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Iran has no right to develop nuclear technology.

India deserves an opportunity to devise nuclear technology that can be developed for energy or weapons.

Sound hypocritical? That’s because it is.

The United States’ stance regarding Iran’s right to develop plutonium is hypocritical. We are furthering our image as the world’s police by trying to determine who does and doesn’t have the right to operate without interference within their own borders.

The United States was also the judge on such matters, when in the ’80s it was decided Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and Osama Bin Laden’s fight in Afghanistan deserved our support through weapons and money. History has proven the error in these decisions.

Not at all surprising, the current administration has lacked any appreciation or desire to learn from past mistakes.

We are not trying to argue for the right for Iran to develop nuclear technology as much as we are against the arbitrary allowance of certain nations (pending U.S. approval) to be allowed to. The argument for the need for any members of the global community to possess such apocalyptic weapons is complicated at best. The best argument that can be made is that such possession creates an uneasy truce among the world’s superpowers.

So if possessing nuclear weapons is really about protecting one’s own interests, what right does the United States have to say who cannot protect their citizens in the same method we can?

The right to bear arms is an American creed. Perhaps a better motto would be “do as I say, not as I do.”

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