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Nuclear Weapons the Unnecessary Evil Essay

  • Submitted by: Skorpiodug
  • on September 20, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
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Nuclear Weapons the Unnecessary Evil

      Ronald Reagan called nuclear weapons "totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly leading to the destruction of life on earth and civilization" (Shultz).  And he was right; 140,000 people died instantly in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 when the US dropped nuclear bombs on these two cities.  The United States has 5,736 nuclear weapons and Russia has 7,200; together we have more than 90% of the world's nuclear weapons (Cimbala 51).  Recently President Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev signed a treaty reducing nuclear weapons by one third.  While this is an encouraging start to the abolition of these destructive weapons, serious work must be done towards the removing the remaining nuclear weapons from our arsenals.  The time is now to abolish these weapons from every country on earth.  The existence of nuclear weapons encourages greater proliferation, has the ability to unnecessarily kill scores of people and their abundance can lead them into the wrong hands.

      When one country has the nuclear bomb, it only encourages other nations to develop their own bomb in order to avoid being bullied by their enemies. This theory can be seen by looking at the angry rhetoric between the countries of Iran and Israel. These two nations have been enemies for a long time and in just the past decade the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised to remove Israel from the map.  Because Israel is a nuclear state, Iran feels that they need their own to defend themselves against a possible attack from Israel. This policy is known as deterrence.  No country would want to launch a ballistic missile because they too would then have one launched at themselves.  In a Wall Street Journal editorial, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote that "[nuclear deterrence]... is becoming increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective" (Shultz).  With nuclear weapons becoming...

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