The Effects Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction

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By building a weapon of mass destruction, The United States created tension between herself and the U.S.S.R that led to a full scale nuclear arms race, which not only threatened the safety of the world, but triggered a breakdown of global interdependence.
We all get scared sometimes, and we act irrationally out of fear, but building weapons of mass destruction is not an appropriate reaction to being scared. J. Robert Oppenheimer quoted: “Now I become death, destroyer of worlds” from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Becoming the destroyer of an entire world is not the way anyone should deal with fear, even if we were on the verge of war. Building a weapon of mass destruction like this can only cause hate, destruction, and even more fear.
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A nuclear weapon is detonated by a process called fission and most scientist from Livescience.com, a digital publishing/research website that is managed by renowned scientist in their field, agree that “plutonium may be the worst of all the fission byproducts that could enter the environment.” The environment is something that affects us on a very personal level in our day to day lives. For plutonium to be that dangerous, and affect the environment on a level like that, it has to affect the safety of the people around it. On top of the highly radioactive elements that go into making a nuclear weapon, they also have a very dangerous and unreliable method of detonation. The “gun method” is the simplest way to build a nuclear weapon, and the most common. Unmuseum.org explains that “A conventional explosive charge was placed behind the moving portion which can be thought of as the "bullet.”...a conventional charge is detonated, and the bullet races down a tube and slams into a fixed charge at the other end.” This is an extremely dangerous way to detonate a nuclear weapon. To rely on something as unreliable as an explosive charge to do the bidding, there is no telling whether or not it will go off at any point if there is a mis-fire. By that logic, if it can go off at any point, there will most …show more content…
55 years ago, The United States placed a trade embargo on cuba, and cuba-embargo.procon.org calls it “a relic of Cold War Era thinking” and that it “harmed the US economy.” We were so scared during the Cuban missile crisis that we sacrificed part of our economic gains from Cuba. Brookings.edu states that the tension between the countires lead to “a much greater level of volatility in the global economy, potentially destabilizing vulnerabilities…” The global economy was affected by this cold war, it brought it to its knees, and threated to destabilize it. Adding to the tension between the warring nations, and the already fickle economy, Nikita Khrushchev, a politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War, “ordered the construction of the berlin wall to stop the flood of east germans into west Germany” (au.af.mi). This only added to the separation of people, the shattering of interdependence on a global scale. By building this wall, he literally separated an entire people, segregated them. He prevented a people from communicating with one another and interacting with one another. In a sense, he prevented them from interacting with the world. Thereby leading to a breakdown of interdependence between a people, and thereby leading to a failure in the interdependence of the world as a

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