The Nuclear War: The Dangers Of Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear weapons are the most destructive devices ever formulated. The initial reason the US made this new weapon was fear that Germany was developing its own atomic bomb and also to subdue enemies in World War II. These reasons prompted the Hiroshima bombing that immediately took tens of thousands of lives and devastated the city for decades. Currently, some suggest that these weapons deter countries from war, but with relative peaceful situations between major countries and looking back to the Hiroshima devastation, today, world leaders are trying to stop the proliferation of these weapons to avoid a nuclear war. Nuclear weapons are the most powerful devices ever made and have been imperative as war deterrents among nuclear powers, but the …show more content…
The US was the first country to “devised the technology,” yet it has experienced many instances where nuclear weapons almost “destroyed American cities” (Schlosser 1). The Pentagon claimed that the US has endured 32 serious accidents, but other sources believe that over a thousand nuclear related accidents have happened. For example, instances where a stray metal nut on a fighter jet accidentally armed four hydrogen bombs and a technician pulled a wrong fuse and blew a warhead. In addition to accidents, “political instability and nuclear weapons are not a good combination” (Schlosser 2). Some of the nuclear bearing countries have experienced major political insurrections that risked nuclear bomb use, which brings concerns that future uprisings could lead to a nuclear war. In 1961, a number of French generals planned to take a test nuclear weapon in order to perform a coup against President De Gaulle, but failed due to early nuclear launch. Although nuclear powers currently have maintained stability, they may not be able to in the future. Furthermore, external factors could stimulate nuclear destruction. Today, terrorist groups are growing and many of them …show more content…
The notion that nuclear weapons pose the greatest threat to mankind is exaggerated. “Nukes have done nothing in particular, and have done that very well” (Mueller 2). Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons in the world, yet military strategists found it difficult to apply these weapons in the battlefield as conventional weapons could achieve the purpose just as well. They instead have been a waste as the US spent trillions of dollars developing its arsenal since World War II, yet have only used it once. Furthermore, the common belief that “‘fabricating a bomb is child’s play’” is erroneous (Mueller 7). Processing nuclear materials, such as uranium, is a very challenging feat that very few people could achieve, let alone terrorist groups. Libya, for, example, invested $100 million in nuclear weapon research, but due to meager progress eventually closed down its nuclear program. These facts provide proof that nuclear weapons are costly, but they also show that the prospect of future nuclear proliferation is very

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