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United States Conflict with Iran: Could this be another Cold War?

Examines the problem and possible solutions
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Marissa Dobry

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of United States Conflict with Iran: Could this be another Cold War?

This week, Iran threatened one of our ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the most serious threat yet. What is happening? In the past year, Iran has begun work on constructing nuclear weapons that they claim will protect their country. The U.N. is worried because if Iran is successful they will have the potential to completely terminate "enemy" countries. However, Iran is rebutting that the construction of nuclear weapons is detrimental to their protection as a country in a world where a number of countries have them. How can the United Nations
halt Iran's nuclear progress? By avoiding trade with Iran, the U.S. is able to to shut down Iran's economy. Iran relies heavily on trade with other countries in exchange for oil. Without enough funds Iran cannot afford to continue progress on the construction of nuclear weapons in additon to applying pressure on them to disassemble any possible weapons. As we stated earlier, Iran recently threatened the U.S. Navy if we did not pull our ships from the Strait of Hormuz where forty percent of the world's oil trade is based. Our relationship with Iran is at risk if we keep exchanging such grave threats. Is the United States in any danger? In response, the U.S. has deployed multiple Navy ships into the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz in case conflict erupts as well as pulling their ship out of the Strait. How have we responded? I think that the first step is discussing the current events with Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in order to avoid any miscommunications. We could try to convince Iran to possibly disassemble their existing nuclear weapons, signing a treaty that ensures their safety without them. What should we do? If Iran decides to block the Strait of Hormuz, we would have no choice but to proclaim war involving our Navy. They would try to avoid war because we are much stronger. The con is we don't necessessarily have the finances to start another war. It would also mean that our relations with Iran are worse than we thought which we want to prevent. I hope we do not have to head in this direction because it can lead to violence which isn't the answer although it would put pressure on Iran without possibly harming anyone. If all else fails and we want to abstain from military action, we should apologize, release pressure and pay a tribute to Iran, promoting peace. In July of 1976, France started capturing American ships at sea. When President Adams sent three representatives to reason with the French Prime Minster, he refused to speak to them unless they pay a handsome tribute. When has this happened
in history? When the Americans signed the Jay Treaty with the British, an agreement stating that they would retreat from the Ohio valley to promote peace. The French, however, thought that America was backing on their neutrality between Britain and France and siding with the British. This prompted them to capture American ships. Why wouldn't France
approach President Adams? When he realized that they would not be able to come to an agreement, Adams set about building a Navy. His plan to action was a success and during the course of this "undeclared war", America captured more than 80 armed French vessels. What was President
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