Monday, February 16, 2009

A Timeless Classic

Please join The Enosinian Society for our second debate of the 2009 Spring semester on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00 pm at The Honors Building, 714 21st St, to debate

Resolved: The world should be free of nuclear weapons

Proposition: Eshawn Rawlley
Opposition: Sheng Zhou

Nuclear weapons have been deployed just twice in times of war. Despite this, the development and production of nuclear warheads continued and for much of Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in an arms race for nuclear superiority. Today, eight countries possess nuclear weapons and despite the efforts of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency to reduce the threat of nuclear weaponry, the number of warheads now stands at an estimated 28,000, many of which are unsecured or unaccounted for. While some insist that these weapons of mass destruction are the greatest threat to mankind and must be destroyed, others contend that the very same threat is a vital deterrent to both conventional and nuclear war. Are nuclear weapons too destructive to exist in the hands of man? Or does the total destructive nature of these weapons ensure a peaceful d├ętente?

Yes, I will be stepping down from the Speaker's chair for this debate. I would have loved to make the opposition argument but I deferred to my esteemed opponent. This should be a doozy!

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