Iran: A Shared Threat

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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.

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'Iran: A Shared Threat' have 21 comments

  1. September 14, 2012 @ 11:22 am mat catastrophe

    Iran is not building a nuclear weapons program. Even Israeli intelligence admits this.

    Aren’t college students supposed to be interested in truth or something?


  2. September 14, 2012 @ 1:16 pm Jay

    spell check would have been a good thing to use……


    • September 14, 2012 @ 1:38 pm Carmela

      it is the editors’ job and i would mainly and most importantly pay more attention to the content of this article …just sayin…


      • September 14, 2012 @ 2:10 pm Bill


        As a fellow College of Charleston I am shocked that the author of an article that is about to be published did not even proofread it. It is certainly the editor’s job to proofread, but it also Leeron’s job to proofread her own articles. I wish the author had a some writing skills and a brain.

        I support Israel down to every living cell in my body, but unintelligent reporting, and Middle School writing only weakens our position.


    • September 14, 2012 @ 1:44 pm Bill

      I believe in what the author is saying, but this embarrassing. Iran is not an Arab country and the article was not even proof read.


  3. September 14, 2012 @ 1:48 pm Ron

    The author is well on her way to a promising journalism career. Time magazine or Nat Geo are probably chomping at the bit for the authors talents.


    • September 14, 2012 @ 2:14 pm Bill

      That is about as likely as Michelle Obama posing in playboy, or Billy Graham going to a CofC KA party.


  4. September 14, 2012 @ 1:58 pm PKorman

    A well written essay, Ms. Ofer, detailing the shared threats promised in the headline. Refreshingly, you outline fundamental threats and do not use a political filter. In the race to against nuclear proliferation, time is not on our side. And as the events of 9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012 reveal, we share the fate of those in Israel with regard to Iran’s ambitions.


    • September 14, 2012 @ 2:18 pm Bill

      You’re belief about the threat both the United States and Israel face are true, but saying this is well written is just like saying Jimmy Carter was a good President.



      • September 14, 2012 @ 7:03 pm Steven

        It’s easier to critique someone for grammatical errors instead of opening your mind to an alternate opinion; isn’t it Bill.


        • September 15, 2012 @ 11:29 am Bill


          Clearly you have not read my comments. I stated that Leeron is correct aboout her beleifs about Iran obtaining nuclrear capabality. The United States has been negotiating with Iran since 1992 to disaude from obtaining capabability. If diplomacy hasn’t worked and we have tried for 20 years, it is not going to work now.

          I am a firm supporter of Israel, and firmly believe that if Israel strikes we need to back it.

          What I am pointing out in unintelligent writing, poor communication skills, and just rubbish in general which is what this article is degrades our position.


      • September 15, 2012 @ 4:53 pm Lisa

        YOU’RE is a contraction and shortened version of you are. For someone who gets on another person for misspellings and grammatical errors should first check his/her own prior to posting.

        That is all.


  5. September 14, 2012 @ 2:12 pm John

    Google would have been a useful tool to use…How anyone can say this is well written is obviously of a low level of intelligence. I guess some opinion pieces should not be posted on the CisternYard News when the author has no facts or present knowledge.


    • September 14, 2012 @ 7:09 pm Steven

      I think you should write a rebuttal using facts and present knowledge.


      • September 15, 2012 @ 4:54 pm Lisa

        Well played, Steven! 🙂


  6. September 15, 2012 @ 4:58 pm Kenneth

    I think any college student these days that isn’t complaining about the change in football coaches and/or the fact that he/she drank too much last night and can’t function without a Red Bull seems to be legitimate. She isn’t an author for the New Yorker so lay off. If she was older and possibly doing a dissertation, then yes, go on and on about the content and the facts, oh and the grammar/spelling issues.

    But she’s not. She’s simply stating her opinion on the matter and there is a DISCLAIMER that states so. If you have a problem with her, then you take it up with her, don’t post on her article. It’s embarrassing for each party.


  7. September 15, 2012 @ 6:45 pm Joseph

    What’s spelled incorrectly?


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