I was on CNN this evening and saw an article about Iran’s nuclear weapons. At first, I merely glanced over the article, not wanting to read another article on the fight over Iran’s nuclear power plants. But then I began thinking more about uranium, which is clearly a natural element. It comes from the earth, and people are either trying to do wonderful things with it or horrible things. One the one hand, it can be used to fuel power plants; but on the other hand can be used to make the world’s most destructive weapon.
The article commented on the UN watchdog, the Atomic Energy Agency, passing a resolution that forced Iran to stop construction on one of its “secret” nuclear facilities in Qom. That got me to thinking, do they have a right to do this? Yes, I know that we don’t want Iran to gain nuclear weapons so that they could destroy the world with their nuclear bombs. But does anyone actually have the right to tell Iran what they can and cannot do on their own land? We have established that the definition of “conquering” is to claim for oneself, which should mean that you get free reign over what can and cannot be done on your land. If that were the case, Iran should be able to do whatever it wants with the uranium it gets from its own soil, its own conquered land. However, this would completely disrupt the peace of the world.
“The international community has made clear that Iran has rights, but with those rights come responsibilities.” This is the classic Spiderman quote about responsibility. But who exactly should Iran be responsible for? They obviously have a duty to protect their people, but what about a responsibility to protect nature? Some nations seem to take these responsibilities more seriously than others. However, what happens when something that would help the people of a country hurt nature? Or vise versa?
This is the problem that we seem to be running into currently. Enriched uranium can be beneficial to the environment when it is being used as a fuel source. However, if enriched to a higher concentration, can be deadly around the world. The only safe haven is the one where the bomb was fired from. Our problem stems from trying to control too much. We are trying to manipulate natural elements found in the earth, we are trying to control how other countries deal with those weapons/fuels (depending on how you look at it) and we are trying to do this while keeping peace throughout the world. If we just take a step back and try not to control so much, maybe things would run smoother. On the other hand, without control, the other option is a potential destruction of the world from no set limits.