Nuclear Weapons And Weapons Of Mass Destruction

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Nuclear Weapons Ever since World War two we have feared destruction and what could be the aftermath of nuclear bombs. We had a whole era in history to dedicate being terrified of weapons of mass destruction. We had bomb drills, duck and cover drills. The United States had TV drills if an attack were to happen on United States soil. For many Americans this was not hysteria, but a reality that could happen. The first World war chemical weapons were used then outlawed for combat. “Unlike when the U.S. was the only nuclear power and first used the technology against Japan without fear of reciprocation” ( The Ch.1 The Dangers). As a country we didn’t know the effects of a bomb on a living city, but now we know the consequences. Now what…show more content…
Citizens still haven’t went back because of how radioactive the their city is. It would be worse with weapons because the particles in the air could travel causing more land to be radiated. Nuclear weapons don’t explode on impact, they detonate in the air hence, mushroom clouds are created. The mushroom cloud is the radioactive particles from the bomb. The obvious answer to fix nuclear weapons is to get rid of them all but we all know that is unlikely. The United States wouldn’t even bare the idea of getting rid of their nuclear capabilities. “The United States may have had 27,519 warheads in 1975, but today that 's down to an estimated 4,480”(Szondy). Neither are some other countries because they are a defense mechanism as well. Nuclear weapons should detonate once upon hitting a surface. Not all radiation can penetrate walls this concept would inflect less damage on the foundation of buildings, but the bomb will still be effective. That would prevent the radioactive particles from being swept across nations or oceans. (The Nuclear Weapons) A treaty was signed that prohibited the creation of defenses for nuclear weapons due to an advantage they might have if a nuclear war was to start. “The ABM Treaty, signed in 1972, prohibits the use of defensive systems that might give an advantage to one side in a nuclear war”
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