Common Place Entry 8“Most U.S., European, and Israeli commentators and policymakers warn that a nuclear-armed Iran would be the worst possible outcome of the current standoff. In fact, it would probably be the best possible result: the one most likely to restore stability to the Middle East.”
This quote is from a Foreign Affairs article entitled, “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb.” This is an excellent example of a “They Say, I Say,” in a scholarly work. The mainstream, western opinion of a nuclear-armed Iran is a negative one, however Kenneth Waltz argues that it would provide stability to the Middle East. By taking what many believe to be the worst-case scenario in the region and flipping it around, it’s rhetorical shock is enough to get the reader to keep on reading.