Should Nuclear Weapons Be used in Warfare?

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There are at least 17,300 nuclear weapons in existence, with North Korea at the least with less than 10, the US is in second place with 7,700 nuclear weapons and Russia has the most with 8,500, enough to wipe out the world’s population many times over and 2,500 (7%) of these weapons are ready to fire at a moment’s notice. Nuclear weapons today are much more powerful than ever before, but what are the real effects of these explosive killing machines? Nuclear weapons are Dangerous to the world’s population and should be eliminated from their use in global warfare. These weapons not only kill thousands on the initial explosion, but they also leave hazardous materials behind, killing just as many people from radiation poisoning for miles from the blast point. Though it would be impossible to completely remove these weapons, we should restrict their use in warfare and make sure no nation starts a nuclear war. Using just one weapon has never been enough and this could not just lead to a global war between countries but, a war between the most powerful countries in the world. I believe that weapons as powerful as these should be restricted from use, but should still be owned by countries. In October of 1939, after the start of World War 2 (WW2), Franklin D. Rosevelt received a letter from a Jewish Scientist in Nazi Germany. This man named Albert Einstein had claimed to have created a blueprint for a weapon using the power of nuclear fission said to be extremely potent and effective. After receiving this letter President Rosevelt had assembled a team to create this weapon, and the team had completed it at the height of the war. The atomic bombs had been dropped on the city of Hiroshima on august 7th and on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. T... ... middle of paper ... ...from Hiroshima to North Korea, Nuclear Files Offers the A to Z on Nuclear Issues. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 08 May 2014. "Office of Technology Assessment." Reports. U.S. Corprate Office of Technological Assesment, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 May 2014. Plough Share Fund. "World Nuclear Stockpile Report." World Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Report. 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 08 May 2014. Reif, Kingston. "Would the United States Ever Actually Use Nuclear Weapons?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 07 May 2014. Rhodes, Richard. "Rethinking." Five Myths. Ward Wilson, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 May 2014. "Six Arguments for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons." Six Arguments for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons. 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 May 2014. "UNODA - Nuclear Weapons Home." UN News Center. UN, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 May 2014.
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