The Threat Of Nuclear Weapons Essay

1184 Words Apr 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Cities wiped out in seconds, nuclear fallout that lasts years, and consequences on how we see life today. Ever since their inception we have barely maintained a hold on the reins of a weapon that could wipe out the world. The atomic weapons of the past are but a fraction of the power we now have with hydrogen bombs. Nuclear weapons have shaped society in many ways, in the cold war we lived in constant fear that everything we’ve ever known will be destroyed before we even knew what happened. The Cuban Missile Crisis is a great example about how we cannot control who has nuclear weapons and how we cannot control the oversight of these nuclear weapons. We still face problems today with nations such as Iran, Israel, and North Korea who believe that they should possess nuclear weapons.

The reason that nuclear weapons were developed is because of Nazi Germany, Einstein and his college Szilard who had fled Germany believed that a bomb of unimaginable power could be made by tapping into nuclear fission, and that Hitler had already began to work on it. Roosevelt realized the threat this would pose and agreed to start working on his own atomic bomb. For the next four and a half years the United States and The United Kingdom together on “The Manhattan Project”. On July 16, 1945 the first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The power of the bomb was greater than any of the men had expected. Oppenheimer, a physicist that had worked on the project quoted Bhagavad-Gita,…

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