The Debate Over Nuclear Warfare Essay

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Morality is subjective. Each and every individual on this planet has had a different upbringing, different biases and paradigms that have been instilled in them from a young age, even if they are not conscious of said ideals. That’s what makes discussing the morality of world issues difficult. Nuclear warfare has brought forth academics from every sector, ranging from environmentalist to philosophers. Unlike many other ways in which conflict has been fought, nuclear weapons have only been used twice in warfare: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 225,000 civilians . If nuclear warfare has only been executed once, why is there still fear associated with those two words? The answer is simple. The fear comes from nations using nuclear deterrence. For the purpose of this paper, the term nuclear deterrence is in reference to nations using a “better be safe than sorry” tactic to deter other nations from beginning a conflict. This paper will also examine how nuclear warfare has changed modern war, and if the notion of nuclear weapons is immoral. By studying journals and books written by scholars from different fields of study, there will be an all-encompassing trend that will give a more balanced perspective of morality, the evolution of nuclear warfare, and how it has effected modern day war. To understand the evolution of nuclear warfare to modern day conflict it is important to trace back the invention of nuclear weapons as far as possible. Most people would assume nuclear…

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