If nuclear weapons are used in war sustainable life on this planet will be ended. Nuclear Weapons have only been used a few times in the history of this earth. The few times nuclear weapons were used the amount of damaged they caused was devastating. The first country to use nuclear weapons was the United States during World War II. On August 6, 1945 an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima killing between 90,000 and 166,000. Then on August 6th, 1945 the second atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki killing 60,000 – 80,000 people. These statistics show how devastating nuclear weapons were when they were used and how they can be if they are used again. This paper will examine the Dangerous effects of
The nuclear bomb is an interesting phenomenon that has captured the fascination of scholars, academics, politicians, and the media to bring curiosity and fear together. The first and only use of nuclear weapons occurred in 1945 during the Second World War, wiping out over 200,000 Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear bombs, were now viewed as the number one threat that could potentially destroy our planet and the human race. Since 1945 nuclear weapons have since been a strong threat that has imposed a psychological anxiety for world leaders as this threat has expanded to fifty countries with the
“The atom bomb was no “Great Decision.” It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness” said Harry S. Truman. The atomic bomb is considered a weapon of mass destruction because of the insurmountable damage and causalities such attack can cause. The United States resorted to the creation of such incredible weapon as a means to annihilate or alter the Axis powers. However, this all began due to the September 1, 1939, German attack to Poland and the Pearl Harbor bombings by Japan. These actions by the Axis powers would result in one of the deadliest global wars in human history. World War II involved the vast majority of the world’s nations. An estimated 50 million to 85 million died in the events that occurred in World War II. The origin and development of the atomic bomb during World War II changed forever the direction of the war and posed the United States as a champion in military strategies; this endeavor also known as the Manhattan Project served as catalyst in WWII.
In the article, “America needs to Accept Nuclear North Korea”, Malcolm Craig discusses why nuclear weapons are a forces to be reckoned with and that nonproliferation is not the best tactic when trying to combat deadly powers. Malcolm Craig states that non proliferation has been a nightmare in the past and shows three examples through previous POTUS members, Kennedy, Johnson and Cater with how history repeats itself and america should learn from its mistakes.Craig states when addressing President Kennedy's Nonproliferation Treaty, “ In the end… the risks of going to war, outweighed those simply allowing it to become a nuclear state. Strategy became less alarmist and more pragmatic.” President Johnson added to the fire of nonproliferation in his term, but the tactics to combat (China) became more of a hinderance that doing anything to aid. It got to the point of The resources and time we spent on trying to get nonproliferation was just not worth what we had anticipated. Not only did we ‘lose’ the war on nonproliferation the quest was downright a fail. Nonproliferation thoughts ran deep into the thoughts of Jimmy Carter as he assumed office but, as Johnson and Kennedy tried halting actions to beijing's nuclear programs, carter tried to prolong or dismantle the purchasing program “His(Carter)... administration rightly concluded that no amount of, bribery,
Even though the Manhattan project was officially started in 1939, it wasn’t until 1942 when the project was activated. Since its activation, day and night, scientists worked for 3 years in a man-made town called Los Alamos to develop the nuclear warheads that were used to erase Hiroshima and Nagasaki off the planet. The moment “Little Boy” (the first nuclear warhead) was launched, the world was given a demonstration of the amazing power of this weapon. The tremendous force of the atoms ripping apart inside the bomb literally wiped Hiroshima off of the face of the planet. The use of the A-Bombs alerted many world leaders to the
The use of the atomic bomb in world war 2 is probably one of the most controversial and infamous act of war that humanity has committed in its history. The weapon is so deadly that it hasn't been used in any war since. The nuclear weapon has caused so many problems after its creation and use. It has caused a nuclear scare which reached its pinnacle in the cuban missile crisis. Although the sacre is still prevalent today with America's recent involvement in the Syrian crisis. Some countries have even got rid of their nukes and encourage other countries to get rid of theirs to get rid of the fear. Nuclear deterrence is sucha big deal that countries are afraid of nukes, but don't want to get rid of theirs. These nukes can have devastating effects
In 1939, when it was discovered that Germany had the technology to produce a weapon of mass destruction, the United States was determined that they would not fall trap to the Nazi’s reign. World renowned scientists gathered together and by 1941, the secret project to produce an atomic bomb was given the code name the Manhattan Project. Nobody expected this weapon to be so powerful, but this secret weapon had a lasting impact that changed the course of history. The Manhattan Project was ultimately responsible for the accomplishment of separating a uranium atom, which resulted in a weapon of mass destruction known as the atomic bomb. This secret project ultimately ended the Second World War, issued in the nuclear age, and changed the way wars were fought.
In the 1950’s tension was rising in the cold war, having successfully tested a nuclear bomb the U.S decided to enter the “New look” which caused America to depend on Atomic weapons more, and the U.S. was willing to supply allies with atomic weapons. Records show that in February of 1958 the U.S said that it would prefer that japan use an appropriate amount of atomic weapons for self-defense purposes under the arrangement similar to the NATO’S ”nuclear sharing” deal. This discovery was found by Akira Kurosaki who is an associate professor at Fukushima University. He uncovered this document at the U.S. National Archives in Maryland which was never reviled to the public. Japan wanted to know exactly how the atomic weapons would be used but the
Today, it is known everywhere that if a nuclear war is waged, it could mean the destruction of our world as we know it. Nuclear weapons were used to end World War II, and they could very well be used if WWIII occurred, it may end also using nuclear weapons, which could destroy us. Albert Einstein once said, “I know not what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (“I know not…”Einstein, Albert). Einstein was implying that WWIII would set humanity to the Stone Age. Our country and the rest of the countries with nuclear weapons need to get rid of them before one of us start a war.
Nuclear weapons were a crucial aspect throughout the history of the Cold War. Scientific and military development in the early 20th Century had demonstrated the potential of atoms and other properties to create large-scale nuclear weapons. The developments of the arms race within the context of World War I and World War II further led to the emergence of nuclear weapons for combat. Countries such as the United States, USSR, and Britain also sought to create effective nuclear weapons. Subsequently, the major application of nuclear weapons emerged when the US dropped two atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Whereas President Truman mainly sought to protect Americans from further deaths by launching atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the USSR posed a different question. Did Truman consciously drop the bombs to intimidate the USSR? Therefore, the Soviet Union interpreted the use of these nuclear weapons as an anti-Soviet move. This further set the basis of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race between the two countries. In this case, the United States use of nuclear weapons in the Second World War was crucial to intimidate the USSR and its emerging global dominance to set the foundation for the emergence of the Cold War.
The United States' atomic weapons complex is basic and befuddled. The working environments joined into moving parts of atomic weapons issues blend the Departments of Energy, Defense, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security. The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration is the key U.S. Government partnership responsible for the design, change and upkeep of U.S. atomic weapons. The Department of Energy got commitment concerning all atomic giant related matters beginning now allotted to the Atomic Energy Commission set up after World War II.
The atomic bomb was the brain child of Robert Oppenheimer. The first nuclear bomb was also the first used in combat. Dropped by the United States military on Hiroshima, August 5 1945, the city was leveled and left Japan devastated. After this attack, the world was at a race to see who could perfect the weapon. Countries across the world had nuclear weaponry tests. One of these countries, was the United States of America. Many of the United States’ nuclear tests took place in and around the Bikini Atoll in the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1980’s. These tests changed the lives of both the native people, wildlife, and the once beautiful ecosystem which flourished on those Bikini Atoll islands. (http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/)
Due to the fear of being attacked by multiple atomic bombs, Stalin backed down. In defense, he started the development and research of the atomic bomb. Later on this would catch the attention of the U.S.
The intention to disarm is alarming because no logical superpower, like the United States, will dismantle their warheads knowing Soviet Union has theirs, to the extent that they are asking. There is no way to enforce this because the superpowers involved in making the treaty are also the ones with the stockpile of nuclear weaponry along with no agency to enforce these rules. They claim that their intention is to "facilitate the cessation of the manufacture of nuclear weapons, the liquidation of all their existing stockpiles, and the elimination from national arsenals of nuclear weapons and the means of their delivery... And complete disarmament under strict and effective international control"(Treaty). One logical explanation to this statement would be that it serves the purpose of deceiving the public into thinking that this is happening , but in reality every superpower that signs has not been dismantling their weapons entirely. Although the bulk of this agreement has reached its goals and drastically limited the amount of nuclear weapons and is also responsible for preventing a nuclear war, it has also allowed states to ignore its guidelines. "The nuclear club has added a few members who defied the treaty's restrictions (including South Africa, India, Pakistan, and now North Korea, and unofficially Israel) (Bunn, 2003). The distrust leads to more nuclear weapons being built in fear of becoming overpowered by a state that may be hiding thousands of