Essay On Nuclear Arms Race

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The Cold War was one of the most hostile era in history because both the Soviet Union and the United States failed to meet eye to eye. Although there were no actual conflict between the nations, the entire world was at a brink of a nuclear war. Both nations were actively trying to discover deadlier weapons to cause fear in the other as well as cause them to back down. The nuclear arms race provided some important information, but overall it was foolish because the intent was to cause intimidation. The weapons created could destroy the world several times over, but this does not stop the U.S. or the Soviet Union. In addition, the air raid drills and bomb shelters made people naive about surviving a nuclear war, but it was successful in creating …show more content…
First and foremost, all of the nuclear testing was harming the environment in unprecedented ways before. The atmosphere and the ocean is subjected to large amounts of radiation, dust and other radioactive material, and this damage done cannot be reverted instantly. This is why a Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed in 1963 between the U.S., Soviet Union, and Great Britain, which agreed that there would be no nuclear testing in the water, atmosphere, or space. I also think that the nuclear arms race was foolish because both sides looked like stubborn bullies who wanted to be number one in school playground. To me, it seems silly that they constantly created newer and stronger weapons just to intimidate the other. It is imperative to note that we had not even had a direct conflict with the Soviet Union, but we wanted to cause fear in the opposing nation so they would step down. Furthermore, I also think that the nuclear arms race was unreasonable because it cost a lot of money and none of the weapons were even used against the other. I believe that the arms race was inevitable because both sides fought for opposing beliefs: communism vs. capitalism and democracy. The United States was fueled by the domino theory and they feared if one country fell to communism, then more would fall so they took on a role to contain and stop it. This made the arms race inevitable because both wanted to show the world who was

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