Nuclear Weapons As a Defense Mechanism

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Nuclear weapons are the safest defense mechanism in the world. Although nuclear weapons can lead to mass destruction and the loss of thousands of lives when detonated, they are the optimal solution to the conflicts between countries in the future. The actual use of the nuclear weapon is not the deterrent, but rather just the mere fact that a country could use it against another country which avoids the large scale conflict. Thus, nuclear deterrence presents itself as a preferred security option. Firstly, based on deterrence theory, nuclear weapons will lead to Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). This means that if nuclear weapons are used in warfare, either side will not be able to succeed in winning, as the destruction caused by the weapons…show more content…
Thus, it is clear that fear is the primary driving force behind nuclear deterrence. The Oxford dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm; this “unpleasant emotion is the only thing which stands between total destruction and peace. When conflicts occur between countries, nuclear deterrence is the ultimate resolution. The country with fewer nuclear weapons will have to end their efforts in sustaining the conflict, resolving the issue. No matter how many nuclear weapons are created, based on deterrence theory, they will never be used due to the fear of mutually assured destruction. Therefore, the advantage of nuclear deterrence is that it is expected to result in a tense but stable global peace (Mutual assured destruction, 2014).
The only use of nuclear weapons in warfare was during World War II. At the end of World War II, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. The devastation from these bombs was immense. There were an estimated 225,000 casualties as a result of the atomic bombs (Yamazaki, n.d.). An astounding number of people were crushed in their homes and in the buildings in which they were working (Yamazaki, n.d.). “Their skeletons could be seen in the debris and ashes for almost 1,500 meters from the center of the blast, particularly in the downwind directions” (Yamazaki, n.d.).
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