The sanctions are an attempt by the US and European powers to hurt Iran’s economy so that they have no choice but to halt all nuclear developments. 2. Although the economic sanctions have hit hard and have “settled [the economy] into a slow, downward glide, hemorrhaging jobs and hard currency but appearing to be in no immediate danger of collapse, western diplomats and analysts say,” (Job Warwick, 19 March, 201 3), the sanctions haven’t triggered any protests or any slowing of nuclear development despite Iranian people’s suffering. B.
Not only has the Iranian economy suffered but it is also on the verge of war with Israel. 1 . They have been in what called a shadow war for 5 years where they exchanged terrorist type attacks. 2. Israel has blamed Iran for car and suicide bombings that targeted Israeli diplomats and killed Israeli tourists. Iran’s president has accused Israel and the U. S. Of colluding to kill nuclear scientists. C. It’s clear that these issues will quickly escalate and have a negative outcome. Ill. If action isn’t taken soon, the U. S. Will suffer. A.
Iran and Israel’s war is inevitable. . “War with Iran seems to be turning away from a mere possibility and more towards inevitability… [and] Secretary of Defense Leon Payment recently stated that he believes Israel will attack Iran,” (Joseph Sardinian, March, 2012). 2. And because the U. S. Has given Israel billions and has helped expand their military, if Israel attacks Iran in the near future, America has no choice but to attack as well. B. In response to the sanctions, the Iranian government has threatened to shut down the Strait of Horror. 1 .
The Strait of Horror is extremely important geographically because it is considered one of the world’s foremost checkpoints. In 2011, nearly 17 million barrels Of oil, or almost 20% of the world’s traded oil flowed on ships through the Strait of Horror daily. 2. If the Strait of Horror closes, our oil supply from the Middle East will be cut off and the overall price of gas will increase to over $8 and will force the U. S. To spend billions of dollars on new drilling sites in North America. C. These looming threats of war and oil restrictions need to be dealt with.
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