Common Place Entry 8

“Iran Missile” [1]

“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.


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