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Maurice Brewer Kevin Pintauro Philosophy 250 December 12, 2007 Peace: From the Barrel of Gun or a Seat at the International Table Although recent reports estimate Iran cancelled its nuclear program as early as 2002, Iran claimed to be enriching uranium for the purpose of producing energy. America is terrified at the prospect of a nuclear Iran, even if the uranium is for commercial purposes. First, Iran has not agreed to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which would require inspectors that would report on the process. Second, it is openly and vocally hostile to America’s most valued ally in the region, Israel. A lack of oversight is a major concern to the U.S. If Iran were to expand its nuclear capability beyond commercial energy, it might threaten Israel, who also possesses nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, the result could be deadly for the whole of humanity. Another fear is that Iran might purposely leak or sell nuclear information to terrorist organization that might seek to destroy either the United States or Israel or both. So, the United is considering bombing suspected nuclear enrichment facilities in the country of Iran. Many in the United States argue that bombing these sites is part of a larger war on terror. In their minds, peace, which is what any nation endeavors to secure, remains unobtainable as long as nations who are
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hostile towards the U.S. or its allies are allowed to proceed unsupervised. The U.S. is justified or ethical in its attempts to supervise the activities of suspected enemies (terrorists) or if they do not cooperate destroy that enemy. On the other hand, many others feel that the actions would be unethical. Iran is a sovereign nation who is responsible to itself. Iran, if it caved to the U.S. demand, would appear as if it were subordinating itself. In addition, Iran has been vocally hostile towards Israel; however, the country has not attacked the country of Israel during its fifty-nine year history. The purpose of a military, at least in the U.S. is not to be offensive and pre-emptively strike but to be vigilant and defend against in the occurrence of the attack. Nietzsche, an immoralist who considered most morality post-Socrates as an illness called decadence, believed that “all healthy morality is ruled by an instinct of life (p.27).” Up ‘til Nietzsche’s arrival, philosophy, in particular Christian morality had been anti-nature. The philosophers, rather than emphasizing the moderation of the passions, decided to castrate them. Nietzsche and the immoralists reject the idea that one should deny part of one’s self. As a materialist, he rejects the notion that this world and the senses are meant to deceive us. Instead, he argues “that the extent to which we have decided to accept the testimony of the senses and learned to sharpen them, arm them, and think them to their end (p.19).” The immoralist believes that truth lays in the material or real world. In fact, the only truths can be found in the real world.
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