Can we live with a nuclear-armed Iran?
"As long as I'm President of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. We cannot afford to have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world."
As promises go, that's pretty clear. US President Barack Obama made it during his re-election campaign and delivering on it may be crucial to the success of his second term. To some, a nuclear-armed Iran must be prevented at all costs. To others, it's a problem to be managed, not a crisis to be averted.
Last night, Charles Krauthammer and Fareed Zakaria argued those positions in Toronto during the tenth semi-annual Munk Debate. The resolution -- Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability.
Arguing that the world can tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran is Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. He's also an Editor at large of Time Magazine and a columnist with the Washington Post.
And arguing that the world can't tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons is Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist with The Washington Post. He's also a Contributing Editor with The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.
They were both in Toronto.
Last night, they took part in the tenth, semi-annual Munk Debate, along with retired Israeli Major General Amos Yadlin and Vali Nasr, a member of the US State Department's Foreign Policy Advisory Board. You can hear the full debate on CBC Radio's Ideas on Tuesday, December 4th at 9pm.
Now, when last night's audience was asked who won the debate, it was a little complicated. Fareed Zakaria and Vali Nasr were able to sway 18% of the audience to their position at the end of the debate but in terms of who's position the audience agreed with ... 58% said it was Charles Krauthammer Amos Yadlin's.
We're curious to know what you think. Based on our debate today, who won? We're conducting our own online poll, vote above at the top of this post.
This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Josh Bloch.
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