Ridding The World of Nuclear Weapons

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In history, nuclear weapons have been used twice during the closing days of the World War II. The first one was dropped on the 6th of August 1945 on Hiroshima and the second bomb was dropped three days later on Nagasaki. Those bombs have stretched the limits of human imagination with millions of innocent people killed. Fortunately, those are the first two nuclear bombs that were used until now, just yet. Many organizations, many countries, and many people have debated on the pros and cons of nuclear weapons. Some say it's very essential for a country to have nuclear weapons, but some still see it as a major threat to the human race. The fact is even a small nuclear weapon has enough potential to wipe out an entire city. In my opinion, the world needs to get rid of nuclear weapons because it is immoral to kill the number of people at a time and it also costs a lot of money to make and maintain it.

Although nuclear bombs have not been used since World War II, in his article about attempt to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons, Magnarella mentions that there have been at least ten cases in which state leaders have seriously considered their use. Both the United States and Russia have maintained national defense postures that include the possible use of nuclear weapons. Both have kept over a thousand nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert despite the end of the Cold War. Have they ever considered the damage they would cause to mankind if they make their decision? I think it is immoral to use the nuclear weapons. Imagine the scenario in Japan in 1945: The father kisses good-bye his son, waves his wife, and heads out the door for work. The mother takes her son to school, prepares for dinner and waits for her husband and son to get hom...

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...for the world, nuclear weapons are the most dangerous weapons that human being has made. As long as they are still present, no peaceful day this world has. They threaten almost seven billion innocent lives and bury billions of dollars every year. If no country has nuclear weapons, no country is threatened. In order to achieve the global security, the world needs to get rid of all those dangerous weapons.

Works Cited

Magnarella, Paul J. "Attempts to Reduce and Eliminate Nuclear Weapons through the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Creation of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones." Peace & Change 33.4 (2008): 507-521. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 10 Feb. 2011.
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