Nuclear Weaponry

1076 WordsJun 24, 20185 Pages
Dexter Gordon once said, “In nuclear war all men are cremated equal”. Since the era when the first bow and arrow was created, humanity has been treading on the fine path of incessant vehemence. There are a countless number of reasons why people participate in altercations, from petty issues such as who lost the keys to more momentous disagreements such as those of Civil Rights or rightful independence. Today in the 21st century, not only have the disagreements evolved but so has the artillery that is used for defense and offense during a battle. Almost 64,000 years after the first weapon was developed, man has machinated an armament that is unfathomably more destructive and precarious than the antiquated bow and arrow: the nuclear bomb.…show more content…
Analogously, another Japanese nuclear blast that occurred in Nagasaki, an industrialized city with a natural harbor, killed an estimated 42,000 people and injured 40,000 people (“The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”). Rosalie Bertel, a researcher, has estimated that "the global victims of the radiation pollution related to nuclear weapon production, testing, use and waste conservatively number 13 million" (“The Effects of Nuclear Weapons”). Not only does nuclear warfare directly affect humans but it also has a significant impact on the environment . The practice of nuclear warfare has polluted air and water since this tactic has begun. Many of the substances emmissioned, include plutonium, uranium, strontium, cesium, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury and cyanide, which are carcinogenic and/or mutagenic (“The Effects of Nuclear Weapons”). These pollutants remain hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years. However, the result of the release of these pollutants is not necessarily due to the eruption of a nuclear bomb but , perhaps even, from the testing and manufacturing of such weapons. Radioactivity released from nuclear testing includes plutonium, strontium, cesium, and carbon-14 (“The Effects of Nuclear Weapons”). Moreover, underground tests have contaminated soil and groundwater.
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