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Is it right for America to have Nuclear Weapons

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socialpinko
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/29/2012 Category: Economics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jon1405

Pro

I think that America is right to have Nuclear weapons of mass destruction. It would keep the peace between other World powers that refuse to give up their nuclear weapons of mass destruction. I think that its a way to keep the other countries that do have nuclear weapons at bay from attacking a country without them and starting world war 3.
socialpinko

Con

Pro's burden is to defend his arguments, Con's to deconstruct them per standard rules of BoP.


Pro's argument is essentially this, that the U.S. having nuclear weapons is good because they can use those weapons as leverage to keep irresponsible countries from assuming nuclear power and protecting countries without nuclear weapons. There are a few problems with these sentiments.


(i) Pro is presupposing that the U.S. will act responsible with those nuclear weapons. You can't just theorize into existence responsible States. Furthermore seeing as power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, I see no reason to give the U.S. the benefit of the doubt concerning whether they'd choose to use those weapons responsibly and Pro has as of yet provided no reason for us to think so.


(ii) Pro is also ignoring the fact that all nuclear weapons were created equal so one country having access to a large number of them doesn't put them in a necessarily superior strategic position relative to countries with only a few nuclear weapons. One can be sure that if Japan or any of its allies had access to any nuclear weapons in 1945, that the U.S. would not have been able to use them on it. Therefore Pro needs to show why other countries can't just use the same strategy against the U.S. to force it into aligning with their interests. Empirical evidence gives credence to this idea given the general lack of U.S. military action against North Korea which is owed almost entirely to its possession of nukes.
Debate Round No. 1
jon1405

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socialpinko

Con

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