Positive And Negative Effects Of Nuclear Weapons

Warfare, by nature, is destructive; ramifications lead directly to tragedy, and the aftermath increasingly more traumatizing. Nuclear weapons marked the beginnings of a catastrophic Era, in reference to not only humanity, but also to the annihilation of dissimilar animate and inanimate creations. Before the first recorded nuclear launch against human targets, during World War 2, Nazi Germany was the initial birthplace in reference to the discovery of nuclear fission. The construction of such heavy artillery in the U.S. began with Albert Einstein 's proclamation of nuclear fission in 1939. The hazardous nature of nuclear firearms were quickly realized after the first official detonation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Thousands of nuclear …show more content…
Moynihan, Denis. “Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped.” Democracy Now. August 6, 2015. October 23, 2015.) These words, originally of the Hindu scripture, accurately manifest the realities of harnessed nuclear power; humanity is her own worst enemy. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were instantly obliterated from the impact, others suffered severe burns and died from infection, and thousands more were killed by the radiation. Survivors exposed to radiation were subject to negative health effects both cancerous and noncancerous. According to studies, “Excess leukemia deaths became the first major radiation-associated long-term health effect … solid-cancer deaths followed soon afterward and noncancer disease deaths were suggested in the mid-1960s.” (“Long-term Radiation-Related Health Effects in a Unique Human Population: Lessons Learned from the Atomic Bomb Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2011 Mar; 5. October 23, 2015.) Families were separated, homes destroyed, and livelihoods ruined; innocent bystanders, many of which were oblivious or indifferent to the war, suffered the consequences. Children were no exception, “Sadako Sasaki was a 2-year-old girl when Hiroshima was leveled by the bomb. Sadako lived, but at the age of 12 was diagnosed with leukemia … A friend in the hospital told her that if she folded 1,000 origami cranes, she would be granted a wish. Hoping to defeat her disease, she began making the intricate paper cranes. She died on Oct. 25, 1955.” (Goodman, Amy. Moynihan, Denis. “Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped.” Democracy Now. August 6, 2015. October 23, 2015.) Since the bombings, hibakusha, or survivors, have become the driving forces for peace movements and continue to vouch for peace in the present age, with the peace crane as their symbol. During the

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