Atoms For Peace Speech

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In 2011 there was a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima due to a tsunami and an earthquake. There was word-wide horror at the amount of radiation that escaped from Fukashima’s reactors; however, that amount was minimal when compared to the degree of radiation that fell on Japan in the nuclear bombings of 1945. And yet, getting the world to transition from destructive nuclear bombs to progressive nuclear power required much convincing. There was a speech given by a modest man, who, at the time, was the President of the United States. This speech drastically aided in the transition, and that man was Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s reinforced diction successfully appealed to unity, while it left room for detailing the consequences of failure to come …show more content…
Russia, France, and England were being introduced to the power of nuclear bombs, and many were trying to make the bomb’s destruction even greater and more devastating. Leaders of countries would test the bombs, and those tests did nothing beneficial for anyone except to allow those countries to flex their egos for a world audience. Countries performing destructive nuclear tests had one premise: the more destruction a bomb can wreak, the more devastated your enemy would be after an attack. The leaders of these demonstrating countries around the world were naive to the fact that destructive nuclear testing provided no advantage to anyone, and, in fact, it caused innumerable negative …show more content…
People imagined that someone could use these bombs anywhere and could cause war. If that were to happen then the entire world would be ravaged due to the widespread nuclear fallout. Some knew that it is impossible to win a nuclear war and still have something worth conquering when the war was over. Nuclear bombs would destroy everything around their detonation and leave effects on anything within a large radius of the explosion. Nuclear bombs were more devastating than any weapons created before them, because they would not only engulf large areas with flames, but they also spread nuclear radiation for miles and miles past the point of their detonation.
It is evident that Eisenhower knew the unintended widespread destruction was a problem: “Even a vast superiority in numbers of weapons, and a consequent capability of devastating retaliation, is no preventive, of itself, against the fearful material damage and toll of human lives that would be inflicted by surprise aggression. The free world, at least dimly aware of these facts” (Atoms for Peace). He knew there had to be a change from the madness of world leaders just testing and furthering their research on how to make a destructive force

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